If you are now trusting in Christ there are many wonderful things in which you can rejoice. For instance, you are now in a right relationship with God: the Bible calls this being ‘justified’ and says that having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). Through Christ, your sins have been dealt with: through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins (Acts 10:43). You are now a member of God’s family: all who trust in Christ are given the right to become children of God (John 1:12). You are eternally secure: there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). God Himself has come into your life in the Person of the Holy Spirit: the Spirit of Him Who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you (Romans 8:11). What great truths these are!
Now you need to grow in your new spiritual life. Here are four important things to which you will need to give close attention:
You are now able to speak to God as your Father, something you have never been able to do before. You can worship Him, praising Him for His glory, power, holiness and love. You can ask for daily forgiveness. Not even those who become children of God are perfect, but if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). You can thank Him every day for His goodness to you. There are so many things for which you will want to thank Him, including the everyday benefits of life that we can so easily take for granted. But you will specially want to thank Him for saving you, for accepting you into His family, and for giving you eternal life. You should never find it difficult to do this! You can also ask for His help, strength and guidance in your own life and in the lives of others. In particular, you will want to pray for other people you know who are away from God as you once were.
Now that you have become a member of God’s family, He wants you to meet regularly with your brothers and sisters; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together… but exhorting one another (Hebrews 10:25). This means joining a local church, so make sure that you do this as soon as possible. Choosing
the right church is not always easy, and you will want to find one which clearly believes and teaches the Biblical truths you have been reading in these pages. In your local church you will find out more about God; you will benefit from the experience of others; you will learn the importance of God’s special directions about baptism and holy communion; and you will discover the joy of sharing with others the gifts and abilities God has given you. You need the church, and the church needs you!
It will now be your privilege to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul (Deuteronomy 10:12). Always remember that God has saved us and called us with a holy calling (2 Timothy 1:9). Make holiness an absolute priority; for this is the will of God, your sanctification (1 Thessalonians 4:3). Then, seek to use your particular gifts in God’s service; bear in mind that you were created in Christ Jesus for good works (Ephesians 2:10). Finally, be alert for opportunities of telling others what great things the Lord has done for you (Mark 5:19). Telling others about Christ is not only the duty of those who trust Him, it is an exhilarating experience!
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