You Just Became a Christian. Now What?
Written by Jenn Arman | March 16, 2014
Congratulations on making the most important decision of your life! The Bible says that there’s more rejoicing in heaven over your single decision than over all the consistent, obedient Christians combined.
I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. – (Luke 15:7)
Surrendering your life to Christ and becoming a Christian (your “salvation day”) can seem like a mystical experience. It gives you a taste of the love and freedom your life was missing without Christ. Every saved person has their own “salvation day” story and it’s usually filled with emotion and wonder.
That’s great, but what’re you supposed to do with the days following your “salvation day”? Here are 5 great tips for what to do now that you’ve become a Christian.
- Get Baptized – If you haven’t been baptized, I encourage you to do so as soon as possible. Baptism is a public declaration of your faith as you identify with the life, death and resurrection of Christ. It’s something that was practiced by Jesus and His disciples, so it’s probably something we should do as well.
- Find a Church – I know many people believe they’ll be fine on their own without a church, but that’s a lie from the enemy. The truth is being part of a church gives you access to other believers who care about you and your relationship with God. They can pray for and encourage you when things get tough, so make sure you find a good church.
- Read Your Bible – God knows all about you; now He wants you to know all about Him! The easiest and best way to learn all about God is by reading His word. If you don’t own a Bible, you can purchase one, use the Bible app or visit Bible.com. The apostle Paul wrote some great letters that help us understand our faith and God.
- Learn to Praise God Before You Learn to Pray – One of the first things we learn as Christians is how to pray, but often we learn more about asking God for things than about praising God for what He’s done and who He is. Before you ask someone to teach you to pray, ask if they’ll teach you how to praise or read the Psalms. David (who wrote many of the Psalms) was great at praising the Lord.
- Ask for Help – Living for Christ is hard. Don’t try to do it alone. Don’t try to act like you’ve got it all together. We all struggle and sometimes we fail to do what God wants us to do; God still loves us. God never changes. God wants you to succeed and grow in your relationship with Him, so when you’re struggling or don’t understand something, please ask another believer for help.
Remember, even though your “salvation day” may seem like a mystical experience, it doesn’t mean you’re never going to struggle. In fact, it means that Satan is going to try harder to make you fail. The only difference now is that the God of the whole universe and commander of heaven’s armies will fight on your behalf if you just ask Him.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. – Hebrews 13:8
“For I, the Lord, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed”. – Malachi 3:6
Girls, what other tips do you have for new Christians?
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