now that i'm saved...what next  | PRINT 

Welcome to God’s family! You have made the most important decision of your life, choosing to follow Jesus.  As a new believer, you have questions and most likely one of those questions is “Now that I’m saved, what’s next?”

One of the writers of the Bible named Paul wrote these words from God: 
 “As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.”  (Colossians 2:6-7)

In these two verses, God likens our faith in Jesus Christ to a “walk” and “being planted” which teaches us two important truths:

  1. Walking implies we are heading in a direction that will help us get towhere we need to go.
  2. Being planted implies we are putting down roots and growing into the person we are designed to become.

Before coming to Christ, you were separated from God by sin and walking in the wrong direction, headed towards a real place called hell.  Now you have put your trust in Jesus Christ who paid for your sins by His death on the cross and are headed in the right direction.  God says:
“Much more then, since we have now been declared righteous by His blood, we will be saved through Him from wrath. For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by His life!” (Romans 5:9-10)

Let’s answer the question:  What’s next in my life in order to walk in this new direction and grow in my new found faith in Jesus Christ?  Following are six ways to help you get on track using the acronym G-R-O-W-T-H.

Gain some understanding about what God has done in your life

  • You turned away from your former way of life and all your sins were forgiven.  God calls this repentance (Acts 3:19)
  •  You received the gift of eternal life which makes you a new person with desires and attitudes (2 Corinthians 5:17)
  • You became a member of God’s forever family (Romans 12:5)
  • You have a new aim in life: honoring God, not self (2 Corinthians 5:15)
  • You will face some normal challenges as you replace old attitudes and habits with new ways of thinking and living and this will take some time and growth (Romans 7:18-25)

Rely upon the resources God has provided by which you can grow your faith and learn to live for Him.

  • Read the Bible every day as it will teach you about God and yourself and how you can learn to live the way He desires (I Peter 2:2)
  • Pray to God every day because He wants to hear from His dependent children day or night and respond to our needs (Hebrews 4:16)
  • Find a local church where you can grow with other believers in community and learn from God’s Word about how to serve and reach out to others (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Obey God as you learn what He wants you to do

  • The first act of obedience God desires is baptism which identifies us publicly with Him (Acts 2:37-38)
  • Obedience is an expression of your love for Jesus Christ (John 14:15)

Witness to others who don’t know Christ about the good news of His love and salvation at the cross (Colossians 4:2-6)

  • Tell them who God is: He is Creator and Lord (Acts 17:24-28)
  • Tell them why they need Jesus: They are guilty sinners (Romans 3:23)
  • Tell them what Christ did: He came to rescue the lost (Luke 19:10)
  • Tell them how they can be saved: Repent of your sins (Luke 13:3) and trust in Jesus Christ alone (John 3:36)

Trust the Lord in every aspect of life

  • He is totally trustworthy in everything (I Thessalonians 5:24)
  • He wants you to trust Him in everything (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Hang on and don’t get sidetracked

  • You became an enemy of the devil when you decided to follow Jesus (I Peter 5:8-9) and you will fight fleshly desires (James 1:14)
  • Being a follower of Jesus is not easy.  You will be tempted to disobey and give up, but God provides His strength (I Corinthians 10:13)
  • Rely upon His Holy Spirit who lives in you to empower you to keep fighting the good fight of faith (Galatians 5:16)