There is no neutral zones or areas of life left untouched by biblical conversion. It is never solely confined to the inner self, religious consciousness, personal morality, intellectual belief, or political opinion. If we believe the Bible, every part of our lives belongs to the God who created us and intends to redeem us. No part of us stands apart from God’s boundless love; no aspect of our lives remains untouched by the conversion that is God’s call and God’s gift to us. Biblically, conversion means to surrender ourselves to God in every sphere of human existence: the personal and social, the spiritual and economic, the psychological and political (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Conversion is our fundamental decision in regard to God. This decision to allow ourselves to be remade, this conversion, is neither a static nor a once-and-finished event. It is both a moment and a process of transformation that deepens and extends through the whole of our lives. It is a radical reorientation in terms of personal needs and ideas of personal fulfillment. Conversion is ultimately dying to self and becoming part of something that is larger than any of us, the community of Christ. Our perspective changes from ‘what can the community do for me?’ to ‘what can I do to best serve the community?’ The ramifications of this conversion are profound. The change affects us spiritually in terms of our identities, politically in terms of our loyalties, economically in terms of our securities, socially in terms of our commitments, and personally in terms of our vocations. Through it all, the most profound change is finally the most simple: discovering the meaning of love.

Jim Wallis