Accepting Jesus as Savior is a life-commitment. Christian friend, I don’t claim to have answers to all of life’s complications, but here are some things I know for sure… some things I know you can “count on” if Christ is the Lord of your life…
1. The world and all who love it in its present state will hate you. (Matthew 10:22).
2. You will give of your time, your money, and your energy – and it will very rarely be convenient for you. (Matthew 25:31-40).
3. You will be indwelt by the Holy Spirit, who will rap on the door of your conscience every time you do something wrong. (Ephesians 1:13-14, John 16:13-15).
4. You will not only carry your own burdens, but will be disheartened, saddened, and sorrowful over the burdens of fellow believers. (Galatians 6:2, 2 Corinthians 1:4-5).
5. You will be watched invasively by non-believers who are evaluating the claims of Christianity. (2 Corinthians 2:14-15).
6. You will be engaged in a life-long war against that which you cannot see, hear, feel, taste, or smell, and for offense and defense alike, will have to depend on invisible armor that is not of this world. (Ephesians 6:11-17).
7. The rewards and treasures that you receive for this life-long devotion to Christ will not be revealed until after this world has passed away. (Matthew 6:19-21).
Christianity is not for wimps.
There are, of course, other promises:
8. The God who saved you will never leave or forsake you. (Deuteronomy 31:6). And He will never remove righteousness from you. (Psalm 55:22).
9. Once you sincerely give your life to Him, nothing can ever change your status of “forgiven… accepted… saved.” (Romans 8:31-39).
10. You will inherit the right to reign forever with Jesus in heaven, as an adopted child of God (Revelation 3:20-21, John 1:12-13).
11. You will have a direct line to God in prayer, through Jesus Christ. You will not need an intercessor, a priest, or a medium to consult God on your behalf. He will forever stand ready to hear you and fellowship with you directly. (Hebrews 4:14-16, 7:22-25).
12. God will deposit in you the Holy Spirit, who not only will convict of sin, but also will guide you into all truth. He will educate you in scripture and in His own eternal character, nature, and morality. (Ephesians 1:13-14, John 16:13-15).
13. You will still be guilty of sin, but the penalty of that sin will be removed from you. God will impute to you the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and by that Righteousness alone will you be judged. (Romans 5:1).
14. You will not understand all things spiritual, but you will be given a peace that passes understanding. Even when circumstances, adversaries, or frustrations steal your joy, you will be able to rest in the satisfaction of knowing that God is for you – and that He will provide serenity in the midst of uncertainty. (Philippians 4:6-7, Psalm 46:1-7, Romans 8:31).
Grace and Peace,