“Conversion is not simply ‘turning over a new leaf,’ nor is it reforming one’s life, nor is it practicing religious rites, even the sacraments, but it is a turning to God Himself as we meet Him in Christ, to identify with Him as Savior/Lord, as our Redeemer and Master. To be converted is to take our place in humble relationship with the Master. He thereby changes us from being self-centered to being Christ-centered (Galatians 2:20).”
Myron S. Augsburger, Matthew, The Preacher’s Commentary Series, Vol. 24, ed. Lloyd J. Ogilvie (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Inc, 1982), p. 18.