Following God's Command
YOU are enjoying your first love with your Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, with The Father, and The Holy Spirit. You read the Bible daily, you pray (talk) to God constantly, and you attend church regularly to fellowship with other Bible believing Christians- the body of Christ. Now, the next thing to do will be to follow God’s command by observing “The Ordinances of the Church”. There are two of them; they are The Lord’s Supper and baptism. Let’s first define an ordinance: An ordinance is an outward and visible symbolic rite commanded in the Bible to be practiced by the church which sets forth a central truth of the Christian faith. It is a memorial or reminder of some precious historical event of great significance.
Knowing God intimately
Now you’ve become a child of God, the next step for a successful living is to know Him intimately. Just as a child would look up to a parent for living a life of example with proper instruction, direction, and protection; so also God expects you to have a child like faith (Hebrews 11:6) and trust Him every step of the way.
This next step doesn’t come without a price, the price is affordable and simple, yet it’s the most difficult task for any group of people whether young or old. And that is to spend time with God on regular basis. As you spend time more and more with Him by reading His word and talking (praying) to Him, you find yourself being more focus, steady, confident, acquiring more knowledge of who God is, and how He operates in human affairs. You become calm, and less agitated to the noise, and distractions around you. You will be quick to think His thought because the Holy Spirit will bring what you read and instructions you receive in your quiet time with God to your remembrance to put them into practice.
Now What's Next?
When you respond to the invitation and accepts Jesus into your heart, you make a declaration to the other kingdom – the kingdom of darkness, that you have switched side. You are now a child of light and no longer belong in the dark, and because of this, your deeds are readily seen by the children of darkness, and you are a target. Their father, the only enemy of God and humanity- Lucifer, satan, the devil, will do everything within his power to derail you in your endeavours. But hold tight, don’t feel sorry for yourself yet, because now you have the entire host of heaven behind you! Halleluiah!!!
The Good News
The single most important piece of good news you will ever hear is summarized in just three words: incarnation, redemption, and invitation.
Incarnation: Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came in the flesh (Isaiah 53:2-3), becoming all of God in a human body.
Redemption: He came to suffer and die, to “make his soul an offering for sin” (Isaiah 53:10), to bear “the sin of many” (Isaiah 53:12).
Invitation: He stands ready to provide mercy and forgiveness for all who will respond. “Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters” (Isaiah 55:1).
What have you done with the invitation of the Suffering Servant? Have you ignored it, rejected it, or accepted it? If you have never done so, take Him at His word today. Say yes to the One who died that you might live eternally. Your eternal life can start right now from the moment you receive that invitation.
We cannot look at the cross and still think our lives are of no account to God!
Welcome To Eternal Life Today
The Bible says, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 John 1:9). To confess means to admit, as when David said to God, "Finally, I confessed all my sins to You and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, 'I will confess my rebellion to the Lord' And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone." (Psalm 32:5). The next step is repenting of your sin, turning away from it and walking in the opposite direction. As Christians, we do not want to be like a child who, though he apologizes every time, continues to willfully disobey his parents in the same way, day after day. Though God's forgiveness will never fail, we do not want to take advantage of His grace. Instead, "Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us" (Hebrews 12:1).