I’m Saved, Now What?
Once you have accepted Jesus into your heart, what’s next?
Suppose you once accepted the Lord, but you did not follow through on your commitment to Him? You are only one step away from renewing your fellowship with Him. He will forgive and restore you when you confess your sin. Never allow failure to drive you from the Lord. Instead, run to Him. He is waiting for you.
Or perhaps you are a new Christian. Salvation is the first step of a beautiful new love relationship with the Lord. The Lord created man that He might fellowship with Him. Through sin that fellowship was broken. In redemption I am reconciled to God. The Lord’s desire is that we would come to know Him, and learn to live and walk in fellowship with Him.
Living for Jesus is really very simple when we keep in mind that God created us for a special purpose. He wants to have a relationship with us. In other words, He wants us to get to know Him – to walk and to talk with Him. He has given us His Word, the Holy Bible, to teach us how to live. Furthermore, when we accepted Him as Savior, His Holy Spirit came to live in us. That is our guarantee that we are now able to succeed in this wonderful love relationship with our Lord.
The following Bible verses will help you to see how this is done.
1 Peter 2:2
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.
Nothing is born in a fully mature state. The same is true in our walk with the Lord. We start as spiritual babies. Then we begin a process of growth. We are to grow up into Him in every area of our lives. This is done day by day, through choices we make as we learn to live in obedience to His word in an ever deepening fellowship with the Lord.
Each day as you prayerfully read your Bible and pray, your desire to please the Lord will grow guiding you up the pathway of spiritual maturity and growth into a deeper and more meaningful relationship with the Lord. The more you get to know the Lord, the more you love Him! And the more you become aware of His love for you.
That sense of God’s presence in your life becomes your most precious possession. In 2 Corinthians 4:7 Paul calls it the treasure we carry in these earthen vessels. “Christ in you, the hope of glory!” (Colossians 1:27) Simply put, we learn to abide in Him as he abides in us (suggested reading: John 15).
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
There are ways of thinking that will change as you continue on with the Lord. This happens through reading the Bible and prayer and learning to apply the word of God to life situations.
The most important ingredients to your new faith is prayer, Bible reading, and fellowship with other Christians. The Bible teaches us to find a church and to become a part of it.
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
When you become a part of a Bible believing church, you will learn about water baptism, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit and other truths that will strengthen you in your relationship with the Lord and help you to grow.
May the Lord bless you, as you continue on in your walk with the Lord. May the same spiritual hunger that Paul had find residence in your heart.
8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,
9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:
10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
I encourage you to read these verses slowly time and time again, asking the Lord to speak to you through them. Then continue prayerfully reading the New Testament, a portion each day. Let the verses continue to speak to you throughout the day.
Remember, as a born again Christian you are now apart of the family of God. You were created not just to believe but to belong, to become a part. Your fellowship with other Bible believing Christians is an important part of God’s plan for your life.
May the Lord continue to bless you and keep you always, drawing you ever closer to Himself in His love. You are special! And the Lord loves you very much. May God bless you!