What You Need to Do After You Are Saved
First of all, we want to congratulate you on your decision to accept Christ as your Saviour. This is the most important decision you will ever make in your life. Your sins are now forgiven and you will go to Heaven. There is joy in Heaven because you are now saved (Luke 15: 10).
You Are Saved Forever
Saved means you are saved from Hell. When you die, you will go to Heaven because you are saved. Jesus died to save you from Hell. When you accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour you were given everlasting life (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
You Are Now In the Family of God
You are not saved because you stop being bad. You are not saved because you go to church. You are saved because you received (accepted) Christ (John 1:12). Before, you were in Adam’s family. Now, you are in God’s family. Before, you were in the human family. Now, you are in the heavenly family. Before, you were in the earthly family. Now, you are in the eternal family.
Once you become a son of God you will always be in His family. After you are saved you may doubt, but you are still saved. God does not put you out of His family because you do wrong. God, as your Father, will correct you, His child. Once you are born you cannot be unborn. Your earthly father will always be your earthly father. Your Heavenly Father will always be your Heavenly Father.
If You Sin
As a new born baby in God’s family, you do not know all things. When you are saved, you do not know all the Bible. You do not understand all the things of your Heavenly Father. As a baby must learn to walk and talk — you must now start to grow into the ways of your new family. If you sin, you do not need to be saved again — you need to be sorry for your sin and confess (tell) God. God will forgive you and you can again have fellowship with Him (I John 1:9). If you stay in your sin then God will chasten (punish) you (Hebrews 12:6). You will feel bad in your heart until you ask Him to forgive you. This bad feeling is called conviction or feeling guilty in your heart. When you do wrong and feel conviction, this shows you are saved and you just “need to be forgiven.” When you confess your sins, this means you are willing to stop your sins. Learn to quickly change your ways and do right as the Lord leads you. Sin will always make you unhappy. It will destroy your testimony, your fellowship with God and it will also ruin and destroy your Christian life. Learn quickly to say “yes” to the things of God and “no” to the flesh (self), world, and the Devil. Stop your worldly habits and start your new life for God (II Corinthians 5:17).
You Need to Be Baptized
After you are saved, the first thing you need to do is be baptized and join the right church. Baptism does not save you, but it shows others you are saved and now want to follow the ways of a Christian. If you were baptized before you were saved, you need to be baptized again after you are saved. Baptism shows others that YOU believe in the death (lower into water), burial (laid in the water), resurrection (you are raised out of the water) of Christ. Then, as you walk from the water you are showing others you now want to walk in the way of a new life. You need to join a Bible teaching and Bible preaching church. We encourage the Deaf to join a church with an interpreter so they can understand and grow in the Lord. Do not join a church that teaches another gospel or idea. It is easy to be fooled — so pray, be careful, and ask the Lord to lead you to the right church.
Decide to be a good, faithful Christian. Attend your church at all services. You will learn much from the teaching and preaching. Remember, as a new born baby, you need to grow in the Lord. You need the church more than the church needs you. Love your pastor, teacher, and workers. Always have a good attitude and be a good church member.
Bible and Prayer
Start reading your Bible and praying every day. As you read your Bible, God talks to you. As you pray, you talk to God. The Bible will give you strength and cleanse you for God’s work (John 15:3). The book of St. John would be a good book to read first. It would also be good to study the Bible and Bible lessons or courses. Prayer is a must for the Christian life. Pray when you are tempted to do wrong. Pray for your needs. Prayer is also thanksgiving and praise. Start a prayer list. Write down your prayer needs on paper or in your Bible. Then as the Lord answers prayer draw a line through it. Remember, “… ye have not because ye ask not” (James 4:2).
The Lord’s work needs your support and help. You need to give your time, work, and money to help in the Lord’s work. As you give you will learn that the Lord gives to you. “Give and it shall be given unto you…” (Luke 6:38). A good Christian should volunteer and look for ways to be used of God. At least the tithe (one tenth) of your income should be given freely to the Lord. It is a blessing to give as the Lord gives to us (Matthew 6:33).
After you are saved you need to live a new life. This means you should live a clean life. It is important you now stay away from worldly places and worldly friends. You now need to stop smoking, drinking, dancing, and going to worldly places. You need to dress, look, and act right. The Bible is very clear and tells the Christian to come out and be separate from the world (ll Corinthians 6:14-18). Pray for your old friends, witness to them but do not join them in their worldly ways. Start your new life with new friends who are godly Christians. This is very important, because many new Christians fall because of worldly friends. The Bible again is clear, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him” (I John 2:15).
Used of God
Now that you are saved it is important to grow in the Lord, be clean, become a good Christian and be used of God to witness to your unsaved old friends, your family, and others. If you live a changed Christian life before them. you can be a witness and used of God to win them. Tell others what the Lord has done for you.
u may also have abilities (talents — gifts) that can be used for the Lord. It may be that you could become a bus worker, teacher, missionary, or preacher. The Lord wants to use every person in His work. “But unto every one of us is given grace according to measure of the gift of Christ” (Ephesians 4:7).
Do you want to be used of God? Do right, grow in the Lord, and God will use you.
Many new Christians live for the Lord a few weeks, months, or years — then quit. This hurts the work of God. There will be times of discouragement and d
isappointment, but do not give up. Other Christians may stop, but you need to decide to keep going. The Lord has a plan for your life and His ways are always the best ways. A person who quits is never happy. Decide now that you will be used of God and do not stop, quit, or give up.
These are things you need to do AFTER YOU ARE SAVED. Your decisions will determine your directions.
— Written by Dr. Ted Camp