I love watching the Blue Angels. There’s just something about 32,000 pounds of steel travelling at over 600mph and only 18 inches apart from another 32,000 pounds of steel that absolutely fascinates me! But even more fascinating than that is when you consider everything that goes into making this flight demonstration work. From the ground crew to the pistons pumping inside those turbine engines, there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes when the Blues finally take to the air. Well, it may be surprising, but conversion is very similar.
When a person turns from their sin toward faith in Christ we may not realize it, but we are witnessing a miracle! Why? Because behind this outward act is the internal working of God in that person’s heart. That’s why there’s simply no such thing as a boring testimony. But what happens in a conversion? What is God doing in this process?
Conversion is a divine unveiling, enabling a person to see the ugliness of their sin and the beauty of Christ, so that they are compelled to embrace Him as Savior and Lord.
Paul echoes the need for this divine unveiling when he writes in 2 Corinthians 4:4
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the Gospel that displays the glory of Christ, Who is the image of God.
Simply put, if God does not first seek us, we, in our sin, will never seek Him. A.W. Tozer comments, “We pursue God because, and only because, He has first put an urge within us that spurs us to the pursuit… The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him: and all the time we are pursuing Him, we are already in His hand.”
It is both amazing and humbling to perceive of a God so holy, stooping down to seek us out even in our sin and rebellion against Him! I think Paul’s words in Romans 5:8 says it better than I ever could…
But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.
May we never get over a truth so beautiful as this.