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The information on this page and more can be found in this little booklet entitled, Now What? It will help you take the first steps in your new journey with Jesus Christ.
A Guide for New Christians
Now that you are a Christian, you are most likely asking what you should do now. But before I answer that, you need to first understand a few things. Your new faith in Christ isn’t about following rules or simply adhering to a list of do’s and don’t’s. And if you came to Christ only as a way to escape hell, there is nothing initially wrong with that. But you are already in danger of missing out on what it means to build and establish a relationship with a Father who loves you, more than you will ever know.
This is not about following a list of rules. You are entering a relationship.
You will read in the book of Acts about a man named Saul. He persecuted the members of the early Church, beating them, casting them into prison, and even killing them. He was also a religious man, following the rules of the Jewish faith without fail. He referred to himself as a “Hebrew of the Hebrews,” blameless in following traditions, and without fault.
But then one day, while on the way to persecute another group of Christians, Saul met the resurrected Jesus along the road to Damascus. Blinded temporarily by the bright light from Heaven, Saul could not look upon anything, so he was forced to look inside himself. And he did not like what he saw.
Realizing his faith was based only upon his good works, and all of the good religious deeds he had done, he came to realize that a holy God cannot be satisfied by our own attempts at doing good. We cannot save ourselves by our own good works (Ephesians 2:8-9). Instead Jesus did for us what we could not do for ourselves. Saul came to realize that we are made holy and righteous, not by our good works, but by our faith in Jesus Christ, a faith which transforms and changes us into a new creation. The old things have passed away, and all things have become new!
Saul would go on to say that he wanted to forget the old Saul and put away all of the old things behind him. He wanted to now press forward and to simply know Christ above all else. Saul would become Paul the apostle, who wrote many books in the New Testament.
So you see, if you show a man his sin, and only give him religion as a cure, you have Saul, the religious zealot who follows rules without fault. But show a man his sin, and give him Jesus as a cure, and you have Paul the apostle who “turned the world upside-down.”
God’s love for you never fails, and He always has your best interest in His heart.
You may recall as a child seeing a little girl testing her boyfriend’s love by pulling petals from a daisy. “He loves me. He loves me not.” Perhaps you did that yourself. We tend to sometimes base our relationship with God in a similar way. If we have a good day, He loves me. If our car breaks down, He loves me not. If we get a raise, He loves me. If the water heater starts leaking, He loves me not.
The honest truth is that just because you are a Christian doesn’t mean that everything in your life will always be easy. On the contrary, you will have good days and bad days just like before; days filled with wonder and joy, and days filled with trouble. But too often we fall into the trap of viewing bad news as punishment from God, or that He doesn’t love you because of something you did. You need to realize that God’s love for you is eternal and will never change based upon something you did, or didn’t do.
The fear of losing God’s favor will not transform you and lead you into a deeper relationship with Him. But what will change you and take you into a more intimate relationship with Him is the knowledge that you confidently have His love and favor, even during times of weakness and failure. God’s favor doesn’t rest upon what you can do for Him. It rests upon what He has already done for you upon Calvary’s cross.
If you are a parent, you love your children, though they may at times do things that do not please you. Nevertheless, your love and concern for them does not change, simply because they are your children. God feels the same way about you. You are His child.
“The Lord your God is with you...he will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” (Zephaniah 3:17)
Can you picture the Father, rejoicing over you? Does this seem too incredible to believe? Yet, this is just how much God loves you. He delights in you, simply because you are His child. And nothing nor no one can ever change that. Here is God’s personal promise to you:
“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” (John 10:27–29)