You've made the most important decision you will ever make! You committed your life to the Lord Jesus Christ! You may have made this commitment for the first time or you may be returning to Christ after a period of wandering away from the true Christian lifestyle. Now that you have made this spiritual commitment, you may be wondering what is next?
First of all, let me say that I really do care about you and sincerely want to help you in your walk with Christ. Along with dedicated Christians in your area, I would like to encourage you to make every effort to begin to grow in your faith. Your decision to live for Christ is like a newborn baby. It will not grow on its own. It must be consistently fed, nurtured and given special attention. It will require your time, dedication, and personal effort.
You will be tempted to forget about your commitment to Christ. It will be easier to pursue the pleasures that this world offers. Most are living with only this life in mind with no thoughts of eternity. That is why Jesus said in the Bible; “For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:13, 14)! Living for Jesus is not always easy, but it is always worth it!
How can you be sure that you are really right with God? Our feelings and emotions are subject to frequent change. If you allow your feelings to be your compass in life, you will constantly make poor decisions. Always make decisions based upon what God has said in His Word. When you and I knelt in prayer, you repented of sin, believed in God’s mercy and by faith accepted Christ as your Lord and Savior. So what does the Bible say about your commitment? “But to all who believed Him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn! This is not a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, this rebirth comes from God” (John 1: 12, 13). Don’t ever doubt what God has said in his word, for God can not lie!
Jesus said; “The thief’s purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness” (John 10:10). Christ said that if you live in sin it will steal, kill and destroy your life. Jesus said His purpose was to give you true life in all its fullness. He will keep His promise and will help you every day if you will be true to Him. Here are some basic Christian habits that will keep you strong in your faith.
1. Begin reading the Bible every day. I suggest starting with the book of John in the New Testament. Reading the Bible is spiritual food. God communicates with us through the Bible.
2. Talk to God in prayer daily. He promised to direct your path if you will talk to Him through prayer. Prayerlessness is powerlessness. We communicate with God through prayer.
3. Begin attending a local church. It is one of the 10 Commandments. “Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.” If you will honor God’s house, He will honor your house. Your fellowship with other Christians will strengthen your faith. We communicate with other Christians through fellowship.
4. Share your commitment to Christ with others. Pray that others will receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. God wants to use you! We communicate with those who need Christ by witnessing.
Also, would you consider writing me to tell about receiving Jesus Christ during our Lost Lamb Crusade in your area? Writing your story will make it easier to tell others about your new life in Christ. Don’t give up on God, He did not give up on you! I will look forward to hearing from you!
Evangelist Tiff Shuttlesworth