“We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:18, NIV)
God is in the life-changing business … and he wants to transform you into being more Christ–like in all areas of your life. The first step occurs when you place your faith in Christ alone to be your personal Lord and Savior. But accepting Jesus into your life is still only the first step. It is like getting intoyour car. Once you’re in, you need to shift the gear from park to drive! You’re not supposed to just sit there! It is important to understand that each one of us is supposed to be an agent of change; a transformer who not only experiences a life of joy now, but who also makes decisions that will make our life echo into eternity. This is a basic principle of KingdomNomics: We use all the resources available to us, the “three T’s,” time, talent, and treasure, to make a difference for eternity. And in so doing, we are Converterlators.
A Converterlator is actively working to bring about kingdom change. A Converterlator understands God’s purposes for giving us time, talent, and treasure to use for him. A Converterlator sees the big picture, a picture that is bigger than just life here on earth.
When someone becomes a “convert,” they profess faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. As we read through the New Testament, we discover that there is an expectation that repentance for sin brings about a desire for holy living for those who profess their faith in Jesus Christ.
Unfortunately, for some professed believers, forgiveness of their sin is where it all stops. They become coasters. Yes, they intellectually believe that Jesus died for their sin and is the way to a new relationship with God. However, their intellectual belief doesn’t translate into anything meaningful. They live their lives in this way: “I made a decision for Christ, now I can go on living life for my own pleasure until I die.”
Other believers become doers. These people make a decision for Christ and jump into doing good deeds related to the kingdom, but they spend little or no time in the Word of God. They have great intentions, but they are not grounded in God’s purposes. And because they know so little about God’s Word, they quite often have no understanding of the work or role or power of the Holy Spirit.
Still another group of believers become observers. Yes, they also have made a decision for Jesus Christ, and they may even be faithful in going to Bible studies and conferences. They have a lot of “head knowledge” of the Scripture, but that knowledge fails to move from their heads into their hearts so it has an impact on their relationship with God and others.
Finally, there are those who truly are transformed by their relationship with God through Jesus Christ and who are motivated by their knowledge of the Bible to become change agents in our world. These are the Converterlators! These people experience a living relationship with God that makes an impact in our world and for eternity. Converterlators have learned how to tap into the power of the Holy Spirit and they are empowered in their everyday living. They practice living this verse on a daily basis: “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20, NLT). They are using their time, talent, and treasure for kingdom purposes.
In what ways are you using your time, talent, and treasure to make a difference for eternity?
Converterlators use their time, talent, and treasure, to make a difference for eternity.
Link to Chapter 1 of Converterlator “From Convert to Converterlator” and/or article “From Convert to Converterlator” under Supernatural Impact