Jesus Now What?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was the summer before fifth grade, in a small white chapel. I sat on a hard wood pew. My eyes were transfixed on the elderly man drawing at the front of the room. He was explaining the story of salvation in a way I had never heard  before. He used paints and markers of neon colors and in his grandfatherly way he made the story come alive. I knew then that Jesus was real. After class he asked if anyone wanted to accept Christ as their savior. I immediately threw up my hand. Outside on a wooden bench, he prayed with me to allow Christ into my heart.
 
That day at summer camp still fills me with warmth. I made a decision that day that affected the rest of my life. But it took awhile, and I mean a long while, to understand what that decision really meant. For some, they would think that my road to being a Christian was done. In a way they would be right. I believe in one God, that He gave His son Jesus to die for us on a cross, and that after Jesus died, he rose again. Our sins our forgiven through this act. I also believe in the Holy Spirit and the Holy Trinity. That belief secures my salvation, but my story doesn’t end there. Neither does yours.
 
We now need to start living the life we profess. We obey God outwardly to reflect inwardly what’s occurred.  The Bible lays out guidelines and rules for our lives. It also gives us clear instructions on what our main objective is as Christians.
 
Jesus tells us in Matthew 22:37-38 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.” When we love someone with all our heart we want to know all about them. In order to know Jesus more we need to read our Bible. This allows us to grow in our faith and understanding of Christianity.
 
That understanding is key as we move on to the next verse “And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39). It is through reading and studying the Bible that we begin to understand who our neighbor is and how  we love them like ourselves. This verse also tells us a that there is more to being a Christian then just saying we believe. We are called to action and service.
 
Jesus then goes on to give us more instructions in Matthew 18:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” He tells us to go and tell others of the saving grace of Christ. Again we are called to action, we are not meant to sit on the sidelines, content in our own salvation but to go out into the world and share it with others.
 
These three verses give us a start to what happens after we accept Jesus’ offer of eternal life. 
 
Cassi B
Director of Youth Ministries

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