For those who come to know Christ it is kind of hard to figure out where to start. I remember when I first gave my life to Jesus I was wondering what to do next, how do I go about this whole new life of Christianity. Romans 10:9 says, " Confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, then you will be saved." This concept is simple yet it is only the beginning of what is yet to come. We confessed and we believe yet as a Christian what do we do next?
I believe that we need to build a solid foundation for ourselves and for others when we are giving our lives to Christ. We need to remove some assumptions about Christianity, such as the assumption that life is much easier because we have accepted Christ into our lives. It does not get any easier, but we have the strength and the power to overcome these trials with Christ. Paul says it perfectly in Philippians 4:13. It also says in James 1 that trials will come our way it is how you go about these trials.
Secondly, we need to make sure that we walk in community and have accountability. My life was transformed to do more, although I grew up in church, I had no idea how to do this life on my own, so I joined small groups and went up to a leader and asked if they could lead me and walk with me on this new journey. Still till this day as a 21 year old I firmly believe that accountability is of an utmost importance in life. I have multiple and these are the people that you need to have tell you what you need to hear instead of what you want to hear. It is scary at first, but part of this Christian journey is to help you grow and to change and not to just go through the motions of life and say that you are a Christian or have a belief in a God.
Thirdly and if not a vital importance reading your word and studying who God is. If you want to know more about God you have to read the Bible. The Bible is more than just a group of books, but is inspired by God. John 1:1 says the word was with God and the word was God. No one is perfect when they first start reading it, but there are apps to help you and reading plans, and to go along with what I said before, you can always have someone to keep you accountable and read the bible with you.
Prayer is more than just a blessing before you eat, it is a conversation between you and God. The way that I always look at it is talking to God like if he was your best friend. Some when they first come to know Christ, they may have the question, "Why should I pray if he knows everything already?" I had this question too when I first gave my life to Christ and the way that I figured it out was that we were made to have a one to one relationship with God. He wants to hear our prayers. He delights to hear what is going on in our lives. For some reason we are taught in movies and in society to turn to God as our last resort, yet he should be our first resort even prior to a terrible thing happening. Pray about the good and the bad and even if you do not know what to pray, pray scripture.
Finally there is a lot more to all of this and the topics can go broader. If you just gave your life to Christ and not sure how to go about this walk, or if you have been saved for a while we need to remember the foundation and the simplicity of Christianity. We do not need to make things complicated.