Dear friend, We are so happy that you have decided to follow Christ. We are sure the heavens will rejoice today due to your decision. It's a time to rejoice together as your past was already forgiven by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Your new life begins now. You may ask a question, I have accepted Christ. So what's next?
Jesus not only forgives our past mistakes but also gives us the strength to overcome temptations. Following Jesus means, we need to wash and cleanse our hearts with the precious blood of Jesus every day. Our love of Jesus should continue to overflow. As you begin your joyful journey following Christ it is important to continue your journey by following a few guidelines.
Reconcile with God every day
Make it a habit to reconcile with God every day. As a human, all of us make mistakes in life. No one is righteous and no one is sinless except God. Hence it's important we keep our hearts clean by confessing and reconciling with God every day. Bible says your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face. Nothing can separate us from God except our own mistakes. To avoid separation from God we need to be in constant touch with God.
Spend time in Prayer
Prayer is a time to communicate with God as we talk to our friends and loved ones. It's a time to express our needs, give thanks for all the good things God has given in our lives, and listen to God's response. God is longing to talk to you than you wish to talk to Him. Prayer is not following a template or repeating the same words again and again but conveying what we feel and what is in our hearts. We don't need to use any flowery and formal language. God expects our complete honesty as we approach his throne of mercy and grace through prayer. If you want to know, how to pray? You can read here =>
Take time to read the Bible
Make sure you have time to read the bible every day. The most common way God speaks to us is through His written word in the Bible. Unless we listen to God and do what he wants to do in our life it will be difficult to follow him. The sheep need to listen to a shepherd's voice to follow him. Similarly, we need to listen to Christ's voice to follow him. We can only listen to his voice if we invest our time to read his written word. The best place to start reading is from the book of John. If you do not have the bible in hand, you can start reading it online from Bible Gateway website.
Keep Your Eyes on Eternal Hope
Jesus came to the world to forgive our past so that we can enjoy eternal life along with him. Our Hope should be always focused on the eternal life God has offered. Bible says, For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? You might gain many blessings by following Christ. They are good and nice to have but the reason Christ died for you and me is to give us eternal life. Bible says If our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. Let our hope hold on to Jesus for the beautiful future he has created for us.
Bible says Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him. Compare to the glorious things God has prepared for us everything else is insignificant.
Learn to Fear God and Follow Him
Like a son fears his father, we ought to fear God and follow Him. Why do we have to fear God? Bible says fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Without wisdom, we end up making the wrong choices in our life. We gain wisdom when we start fearing God and obtain his input and advice in every area of our life. God knows what is good for our life. He can teach us, guide us, and make us prosper when we obey Him.
Do not be disappointed with Fellow Christians
A person who starts believing in Christ very often gets disappointed by their fellow Christians. The word Christian was coined for those who follow Christ. Not all Christians are followers of Christ. But only those who follow Christ are Christians. Often the disappointment arises when a person who decided to follow Christ starts looking at the life of so-called "by birth" Christians. Our comparison should be always with Christ but not with fellow Christians. Bible says No one is righteous— not even one. Except for God, everyone else makes mistakes. Hence it's a futile exercise to look at others and question why their life is not appropriate.
Find a close-by Church
As you start growing in the Lord please find a bible believing church that is closer to your home so that you can participate regularly and grow in favor of God. All of us need spiritual mentoring and guidance from the pastors. Hence it is important to find a good church and start attending it regularly.
My dear friend, let your heart follow Christ in the ups and downs of life. Let the praise of his name be in your lips day and night. May your walk with God continue through the slippery and rough parts of life. May your fellowship with God grow stronger and stronger as time passes. Let's close with the word of prayer.
Dear God, Thank you for saving me. I am so grateful that you have forgiven my past life. You are a great God. I am not worthy of your supreme sacrifice on the cross. My heart overflows with thankfulness and praises your name for what you have done for me.
Dear God, I want to follow you all my life. I want to live every day filled with your presence. Let me lead a life dedicated to you. Be my master and guide me all my life. In Jesus's name, I pray. Amen.