Change your ways : the kingdom of Heaven is near. Matthew 4:17
When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he went away to Galilee to live in Capernaum, a town by lake Galilee. From that time on Jesus began to preach his message, ” Change your ways : the kingdom of Heaven is near. ”
‘ Change your ways. ‘ We use these word to translate : conversion. The biblical meaning of ” Convert : is : to take another road with Jesus, ” Conversion ” means a renewal of life from inside out. This renewal follows the discovery of God’s mercy and is the work of his Spirit within us. Christian conversion includes a change of heart and a change of deeds and lifestyle.
After the desert experience, Jesus returned to his province, Galilee and established himself in Capernaum. He lived in the house of Simon who appeared to be already the leader of a group of fishermen. Jesus knew Simon, Andrew, James and John for he had seen them where John preached. They did not yet know what the Reign of God would mean but they trusted that Jesus would guide them. They knew God since childhood through the Bible’s teachings. When they joined Jesus, immediately they understood that there was something extraordinary about him. The most extraordinary thing they noted in his manner and actions was his intimate and faithful union with his Father.
Therefore, in order to be a true disciple and follower of Christ, we must have a extraordinary change of deeds and lifestyle. Something much more than mere good intentions and wishful thinking.
Conversion is a complete surrender to Jesus. It is a willingness to do what he wants you to do.