The decision you’ve made to become a follower of Jesus Christ is the most important decision of your life. God created you to know Him. You may not be completely sure what happens when you decide to follow Jesus or what you should do now. You may have a lot of questions. The next series of blog posts will answer some of those questions and help you grow in your new relationship with Jesus Christ.
Following Jesus is both a one-time decision and a lifelong process. God wants you to have a meaningful life, in relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus. However, he doesn’t force that desire on you. He gives you a choice. You can choose to live according to His plan, or you can choose to go your own way. If you choose to say “no” to God—if you decide to live life on your own terms—that decision separates you from Him. Not only is refusing God a result of sinful nature, it is sin itself.
On your own, there is nothing you can do to bring yourself into a right relationship with God. Good works won’t do it. Religion won’t do it. Morality won’t do it. Neither will money nor philosophy, nor knowledge nor science. For centuries, seekers have tried all of these paths with little success.
Take note of the story the following verses tell:
There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. —Proverbs 14:12
But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. —Romans 5:8
You have taken a big step by coming to the point of realization that you cannot earn salvation and that Jesus is one who paid the penalty for your sins on the cross. You have prayed and committed your life to Jesus. You’ve asked Him to forgive you for all the ways you’ve sinned against Him while living life on your own terms, and you’ve committed to becoming more like Him. At the moment you asked Jesus to come into your life, He did. Your salvation is sealed and secure.
You can’t lose your salvation, but the process of growing in like Christ is ongoing.
In the following blog entries you will ﬁnd an explanation of your next five steps:
- Be Baptized: http://theridgeblog.com/2011/04/14/be-baptized
- Study Your Bible: http://theridgeblog.com/2011/04/14/study-your-bible
- Learn to Pray: http://theridgeblog.com/2011/04/14/learn-to-pray
- Connect to a Growing Church: http://theridgeblog.com/2011/04/14/connect-to-a-growing-church
- Live a Life of Worship: http://theridgeblog.com/2011/04/14/live-a-life-of-worship
The Bible says, “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17
If you have asked Jesus to forgive you of your sins and come into your life, then, according to God Himself, you are a new creation! As of right now, real life starts. Knowing Christ and Growing to be like Him is really living!
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