Romans 10:9 (NKJV)
9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Like many things in life, being saved does not exactly come with a step-by-step instruction manual. As we grow in the word of Christ, and start to understand His commandments more, the Christian walk becomes more and more clear. Maybe you have just been saved, or maybe you have a recently saved friend, either way, it is important to understand what comes next.
Saved By Grace
You have now received the best gift ever, the gift of eternal salvation. It would be very natural for us to want to “work” to keep it. Think about it, the promise of eternity with our Creator in a place we cannot even begin to imagine! It would be worth all the “work” we could ever do. Yet, we are promised in Ephesians 2:8–9… (8) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, (9) not of works, lest anyone should boast… Two things make sense here. First, we would have to be saved through grace. We can do no amount of good to offset our natural sin nature. Only by grace can we be saved. Second, tell me one person that would not boast if they were granted eternal salvation through works? Okay, maybe you wouldn’t, but I almost certainly would. So the first thing we must understand that we were saved through God’s grace, no amount of work can give us this gift, nor can any amount of work help us retain it either.
God Is Still Speaking
We can rest assured that God’s word is never changing because He is never changing. If we read Hebrews 13:8… (8) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever… we can fully understand why the Bible is just as relevant today as it was when it was first written. For over 2,000 years, the Bible has not and will not change. God is speaking to us today through His word. If this is the primary way of hearing from our God, it has to be read and understood daily. God is speaking to us, another valuable step in our walk is listening to Him.
Speak To God
1 Thessalonians 5:17 simply says… (17) pray without ceasing… As important as hearing from God’s word is our communication with Him. Prayer is a way to tell our heavenly Father what we need, the fears we have, our desire for more understanding, and a host of other things. As we grow in Christ, we start to understand how to pray as well. Matthew 7:7–8 reminds us… (7) “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. (8) For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened… What should we be asking for? His will, not ours!
This journey is long, and there will be more steps along the way. A new believer must first understand how they were saved, then they have to learn how to listen to God, and then they must learn to speak to God. These are three foundational elements that must be seen in every believer’s life, something we must work to improve each and every day.
Exodus 34:6 (NKJV)
6 And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth,