Updated: Oct 26, 2019
When you said "yes" to Jesus that first time, asking Him to forgive you and save you, how amazing did that feel? Then... there's that introspective moment soon after: "What exactly did I just 'sign up' for?" - or - "Ok. This is great. What now?" There's usually such a hearty expression of affirmation from fellow believers in that initial milestone that we almost miss an important next step. Let me explain: Once a baby has been born, it's such a wonderful, euphoric moment, isn't it? But we don't just leave that baby in the birthing room, do we? They need nurturing afterwards if we want him or her to grow. Lots of it.
So then what are some ways that you can nurture and grow your young faith?
Consider a few thoughts from Galatians 2:18-21:
1. Put up a "no trespassing" sign
18 For if I rebuild what I tore down, I prove myself to be a transgressor. 19 For through the law I died to the law, so that I might live to God.
Don't go back to the "old way" you left. The sinful part of it. The part that brought you to God in the first place. Do whatever you need to do to establish healthy boundaries around areas or relationships that were once toxic or sinful. Make up your mind that you're done with the drama that's attached to that baggage.
2. You're no longer on your own
20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.
Here's the truly amazing thing about this: You're not left hanging after this decision. God is now with you and in you, teaching you what pleases Him. That same Christ that died for your sins is the same Christ that has now been made alive in you and will help you live for God. Jesus is, "the friend that sticks closer than a brother."
3. Live Your New Life as a "Thank You"
And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
This right here is one of my favorite expressions in Scripture. How would you live your life for someone who literally took a bullet that was intended for you? Would you not want to live in a way that made their sacrifice worth it? We could never be truly worthy of that kind of sacrifice, but this also means that we can never take it for granted. It's too personal a love, that someone would lay down their lives for ours. Our role is to simply live out that "thank you".
4. Grace, righteousness and Purpose shake hands
21 I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.
It was grace that got you started, and it's His grace that keeps you going. It was righteousness that we were initially given, then we lost because of our actions, then He won our righteousness (right-standing with God) again for us by Jesus Himself. It was God's initial purpose to provide for you an identity and it is Christ's ultimate purpose to provide for you an eternity.
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