The Joy of Conversion (Sproul)

Here’s an autobiographical note from R. C. Sproul in his book, Five Things Every Christian Needs to Grow. I’ve read these paragraphs a few times and they still bring a smile to my face when I read them again.

The time of greatest joy in my life was my conversion to Christ, the defining moment of my whole life. Compared to that, nothing else in the world is of any value.

I hear that testimony often. My friend John Guest, a British preacher and evangelist, tells of the night he was converted in Liverpool, England. He says that he didn’t merely run home, he actually skipped, leaping over fire hydrants along the way. My wife, Vesta, kept waking up during the night following her conversion, pinching herself and asking, “Do I still have it?” Satisfied that she did still have new life in Christ, she would joyously fall back to sleep.

As a new Christian I was infatuated with Scripture. I wanted to spend almost every waking moment reading it. As a result, I made the dean’s list in my first semester of college. It was not the list of academic achievement, however; it was the list of students placed on academic probation. I made A’s in gym and in Bible, and D’s in all the rest of my classes. The A in Bible kept me from flunking out of school.

During those initial months of my Christian life, I was given to enormous mood swings, from tremendous spiritual highs to frightful lows. I visited a minister, seeking counsel. He explained that such a spiritual roller coaster ride was not uncommon for new Christians, and that as I matured in my faith my ups and downs would even out. He also counseled me to look to the Bible and not my feelings as the basis of the Christian life. I’ve never received wiser counsel.

R. C. Sproul, 5 Things Every Christian Needs to Grow (Lake Mary, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2008), 12–13.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015

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  1. I love hearing conversion stories. I loved R. C. Sproul and remember that he said God used a most obscure text to open his eyes. Ecclesiastes 11:3c “…if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie.”

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