- All your sins are forgiven immediately.
Part of becoming a Christian is to confess your sins to Jesus and ask for forgiveness. See 1 John 1: 9. If you have sinned against other people, then you should apply that right as well. The sooner you do it, the better. It is a great pleasure and relief to be forgiven! You do not have to carry the burden of guilt for your past sins, no matter how great or small. It is great pleasure to know that you have put your affairs before God and man. With forgiveness we are truly free from the eternal crisis and reconcile ourselves to God!
- Helps prevent you from sinning consciously! The even better news is that our salvation does not stop at forgiveness. In fact, as a Christian you are helped so that you never have to sin consciously. Forgiveness is a great gift, but how great it is to seek Jesus’ help in times of temptation, before falling into sin. You can truly be free from sin! See Hebrews 2:18 and Hebrews 4: 15–16.
- The Holy Spirit begins to teach you and liberates you from yourself. Every day, the soul wants to show you more of its own sinful human nature: persistence, arrogance, demands on others, jealousy, laziness etc. See John 16:13. These things run deep in our nature. The Spirit teaches us to deny ourselves in these areas (and more) and takes up our cross every day, just as Jesus said. As these things begin to die, gradually the qualities of Christ begin to grow and take their place. Now what a blessing to not control our lusts! These virtues are part of the divine nature, eternal life, which is promised to us! (2 Peter 1: 2-)
- You have peace and joy that nothing can take away. When you live a life overcoming it, you will have peace in your heart – peace with Jesus. No one else can take it away from you! Scriptures like Romans ures: 2 like and Psalm 23: 1 can help you – when life is pressing you from all sides. You know that God is in control! He guides every detail of your life accurately and you can have full faith in his care.
- Jesus is your mighty helper and friend! Jesus knows that he likes human nature and is tempted by it – and he was the first to beat every time. He can help you do the same thing. See Hebrews 2:18 and Hebrews 4: 15–16. He stands by your side, ready to help. You too, can overcome every temptation you get! You can put all your care on it. The more you open your heart to that, whatever moment you are experiencing, the more your relationship will become. He promises never to leave you or leave you.
- Your worldly and physical needs will be taken care of.
Scripture promises each disciple that his earthly needs will be met. See Matthew 6: 31–33. Does this mean that you should quit your job to read your Bible all day? No, it is not a guarantee that you will live in luxury. But this means that you will always have enough. You do not need to be worried about your worldly needs nor be worried again.
- Your life will be stable.
By believing in God and scripture, you will become a stable, down to earth person. See Ephesians 4:14. You cannot be balanced by emotional situations, strong people or the latest social media discussion. You will learn not to be a pushover. You will learn to go through difficult situations, instead of avoiding them or finding an easy way. People will respect you more, and you will respect yourself more.
- You will always have something to do.
As a Christian, boredom is a thing of the past. See Ephesians 2:10. Your mission, every day, is to find the will of God in your everyday life. The Bible is your booklet, and it is full of instructions. But you have to read it and start implementing it. For example, a simple place to start is 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18. When you do this, you will find that you always have something to work with. You will also know that your mission is to bring happiness and blessings to the people around you! This is a life worth getting out of bed for!
- You will have a meaningful relationship.
You will not be alone in this school! (1 John 1: 7) Being a Christian in this dark world can sometimes feel lonely. But brightly there has been a fire burning where the disciples gather to be strong in their mutual training. Seek this fire, and seek fellowship with the disciples. You will get rest and strength, and the challenge will be to live even more strongly for God. These will be the most meaningful relationships in your life.
- You will become a light in this world.
As evil increases in this world, things get deeper and deeper. But the power in us through the Holy Spirit is greater than any evil in this world. See 1 John 4: 4, John 16:33 and 1 John 5: 4. Yes! You can be a light to those around you rather than being surrounded by the sins of our time. From what you see, you are not alienated either from within or from the world. Jesus said, “Cheer up; I have overcome the world.”
- You will rule the world in times to come.
The Christian life is one of intense training. It needs to be abandoned not only at the beginning, but again and again because the Holy Spirit leads you against your sinful nature. But in the world to come, we will all rule and rule with Jesus for all eternity. See Revelation 3:21. The end of your earthly life will become a gateway to the glory that God was preparing you for all. You will step through the door early in real life. This is your call!