Welcome to God’s family!
Now that you are a follower of Jesus, some things have changed for you already:
- You have been forgiven of all wrongs you have ever done. (Romans 5:1)
- You now can pray, knowing your Father in heaven cares and listens. (Matthew 7:11 and Philippians 4:6-7)
- You have the Holy Spirit living inside you changing you to become more and more like Jesus. (2 Corinthians 3:17-18)
There are a few things that will help you as you grow up in this new family:
Find a Bible and begin to read it. Many suggest that you begin with the book of John (the fourth book in the New Testament). In it you will find an account of Jesus’ life on earth and, as you read, you will begin to know Him better. Read slowly, thinking about what you are learning. You will most likely be amazed at what you see that you have never seen before. As you do, you will get a taste of this incredible God and His plan for us, and you will want to keep up your search through the pages of the Bible as you go through your life.
“As your words are taught, they give light; even the simple can understand them.” (Psalm 119:130 NLT)
Talk to God. The Bible is God’s love letter to us, and it is quite natural for us to respond to Him about what He is showing us about Himself and about our own hearts. So talk to Him as you read the Bible and also talk to Him as you go through your day. You are His child now. He wants to hear from you and to respond to your needs, to receive your thanks, and to lead you in the day-to-day moments of your life.
“Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT)
Get together with other Followers of Christ. As part of His family, you not only have a heavenly Father, you also have brothers and sisters who share your desire to know and follow Jesus. Get to know them. They will be your encouragers, your mentors, and your friends. Don’t try to manage a Christ-centered life on your own. We need and support one another as followers of Christ.
A caution: Don’t be disappointed if Christians don’t all live up to your expectations. The only perfect human was Jesus. The rest of us are still in process and we give each other lots of grace as we grow together.
“But I don’t need to write to you about the Christian love that should be shown among God’s people. For God himself has taught you to love one another.” (1 Thessalonians 4:9 NLT)
Pay attention to what you are thinking and feeling. Over time, you will notice that some things inside you are beginning to change:
- You may feel unexplainable love for people around you.
- Your heart may be softening toward a difficult person in your life.
- You may have a desire to leave behind choices that are destructive to yourself and harmful to others.
- You may experience a longing to know God and His Son, Jesus, more and more intimately.
These are the kinds of things that the Holy Spirit does inside all of us as we learn to give Him control of our lives. As He works in us in this way, we begin to want to follow His lead, to agree with Him as He shows us our wrongs, and to commit to knowing and following Him day-by-day. Over time our lives will begin to reflect Christ-like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control (found in Galatians 5:22-23).
Life in Christ is a God-directed adventure! We are so glad you are beginning to “taste and see that God is good.” (Psalm 34:8a)
Some Resources for You
You might want to read these booklets that will encourage your walk with God: