I want to share one of the most beautiful descriptions of a conversion I’ve ever read, from Augustine’s Confessions. It’s his brief account of 2 young men who were born again while reading as visiting guests in the house of a Christian.
16 centuries between us and these 2 guys. But there’s a common thread, stretching across that time. The same Spirit who could breathe eternal life into their sinful souls offers to regenerate us.
Here’s to better hopes.
He spoke these words, and in anguish during this birth of a new life, he turned his eyes upon those pages. He read on and was changed within himself, where Your eye could see. His mind was stripped of this world, as soon became apparent. For as he read, and turned about on the waves of his heart, he raged at himself for a while, but then discerned better things and determined upon them. Already belonging to You, he said to his friend, ‘I have broken away from our former hopes, and I have determined to serve God, and from this very hour and in this very place I make my start. If it is too much for you to imitate me, do not oppose me.’ The other answered that he would join him as a comrade for so great a reward and in so great a service. Both of them, being now Yours, began to build a tower at that due cost of leaving all that they had and following You.