What can I
expect if I become a Christian?
anything you do, you should count the cost before you commit to
something. You should know what to expect if you become a Christian.
It isn't always easy. The Lord calls us to integrity, honesty,
faithfulness, truthfulness, etc. In a world of moral relativism such
absolute qualities do not fit well. It can cost you.
Also, if you become a Christian and then continue to live in
sinful ways, the Holy Spirit will gently and convincingly prod your
heart and bring you to a place of repentance. He is persistent. He
won't give up and sometimes that repentance can be difficult,
especially if He brings you to confess your sins to others and make
You must understand that if you become a Christian you are no
longer your own. You have given yourself to the Lord and He takes
that commitment very seriously. He will not leave you in your sins.
He will work in you and gradually bring you to a new place in your
life. He will work bad habits and bad things out of you over the
rest of your life. Of course, this does not mean that you will
become perfect. It means that God will work in your heart to make
you more like Jesus. You can expect this, because God is living in
the heart of all who have received Christ (John
14:23). This is because Christians
experience the very presence of God and God is holy.
Being saved is easy. You just trust in what the Lord Christ has
done, receive Him as savior, ask Him to forgive you of your sins,
and trust in nothing else (including your own "good works") for your
place in heaven. Getting saved is easy. The hard part is what
follows after you become a Christian when the Lord comes to live in
you and then begins to work change in you -- for the better.
Sometimes it is quite difficult but other times it is very
God will accept you just as you are, but He will not leave you
as you are.
So, if you want to become a Christian to expect your life to
change and expect that your friends will change, as will your habits
and many of your desires. This is what you can expect, but it is
One last thing
There is one
final expectation that you should be aware of if you become a
Christian: salvation. In other words, you'll escape the righteous
judgment of God. Eternal hell is what awaits those who fail to trust
in what Christ has done on the cross. Being a Christian means that
you have escaped that judgment. This, of course, is the greatest
benefit for you.
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