If you’re reading this post, I’m assuming that you’ve just decided to join the winning team (or you’re at least considering it). Let me say that I’m super excited for you because life only gains more meaning as you continue to grow in your faith. This post is so super necessary because I remember giving my life to Christ and thinking to myself, now what? Well, I’m here to help with that! Most of us left the altar after dedicating our lives with a prayer, a new bible, and well-wishes but how do we turn that amazing ‘feel-good’ moment into a practical lifestyle. Here are some pointers from one Believer to another:
1. Find the version of the Bible that best suits you
Your bible is no doubt your handbook. It’s your instruction guide for tough situations and even day-to-day living. No questions asked—you need it. When you’re trying to learn how to start a new hobby or learn more about a particular issue, you typically find a website or book that explains things in a way that appeals to you. Your Bible is no different. I started out reading the King James Version (KJV) but I honestly had a really hard time weeding through some of it and understanding how I should apply it to my life. There are so many different versions out there! Find a good study bible with the version that best suits you and find time daily to read a little.
2. Make time to communicate with God
I serve on the prayer team at my church and one of the things that I’ve noticed is that to a lot of people, prayer is this mystical, mysterious thing that they think only certain people are qualified to do. That is the furthest from the truth! We don’t need fancy words or even the “right words” sometimes. God knows what’s on your heart before you even speak it. Just tell him what you’re thinking. In the same way that communication brings you closer to your significant other, communication brings us closer to the Father. After all, we chose this path to enter into relationship with him, right? And don’t forget to listen! He is constantly speaking to us.
3. Profess your Faith and Get Baptized
This sounds crazy, but the more you tell people about your new lifestyle, the more it becomes a part of who you are. Sometimes for some of us, the biggest obstacle is moving past what our family and friends may think. Publicly professing your faith to those closest to you helps you to become more secure about your decision for Christ and you may even be able to gain more support. Baptism is also pretty important because it’s a significant part of our beliefs. I mean, even Jesus himself was baptized! It’s a way of telling the world, I choose to live for Jesus and I don’t care who knows.
4. Find Christ-like Minded Friends
Disclaimer: This does not mean find perfect friends. You’ll be searching forever…you’ll be lonely.
Connecting with other Christ followers is so important because they provide three super important things that we need to thrive in our faith: prayer support, accountability, and fellowship. I’m so blessed that my closest friends are followers of Christ because when I need prayer they are there for me, when I’m acting out of character they bring me back, and when I need good, clean fun they are always there. God didn’t intend for us to be alone on our journey! Find a bible study group at your church or join a group that houses other Christians looking to connect.
5. Get connected in your ministry
Whatever talents you have, use them to advance the Kingdom. If you’re a singer, join the praise team. If you love kids, work in the children’s ministry. Making the commitment to serve in your ministry keeps you connected, helps you walk into your purpose, and helps you meet other Christ followers.
6. Accept that you will make mistakes
This is a big one. I feel like so many of us believe that we’re no longer worthy of God’s love when we mess up a little. Here’s the thing though, Jesus paid the price for it all. Don’t condemn yourself when you make a mistake because God won’t shame or condemn you. Go to him, say your peace, and keep moving forward.
7. Avoid religiosity
There’s so much that I could say about this but I’ll keep it short. When people are more concerned about what people are wearing in church than about whether or not they’re in need or if their souls are saved, something’s wrong. Always remember that we’re followers of the ministry of Jesus which means we love at all times and we help people in need.
So I think I’ve hit the major points! If you ever have questions, concerns, or prayer, feel free to contact me! I’m always happy to help. God bless.
What advice would you have for any new Believers?