“The Lord does not see as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” I Samuel 16:7
Have you ever wondered what takes place in one’s life when he or she becomes a Christian? Remarkable things happen. From the Bible, God’s inspired Word, we learn what the Heavenly Father does in a new believer’s life.
First- He forgives our sins. Ephesians 1:7 informs us that “in Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”
Second- we are placed in His family. I Corinthians 12:13 states, “by one Spirit were we all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free.”
Third- According to Revelation 21:27 our names have been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”
Fourth, we are “sealed”. Ephesians 4:30 describes true believers as having been “sealed for the day of redemption.” A true believer never loses his place in God’s family.
Fifth- we are given everlasting life. John 3:16 states “whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
Because these wonderful things happen on the inside, subtle changes will become visible on the outside. These changes are in keeping with Jesus’ admonition, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” When genuine conversion takes place, there will be a new interest in the Bible, and we find what Peter meant, when he wrote, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word that you may grow thereby.” We begin enjoying fellowship with other believers, and love going to a church where the Bible is being taught. We begin to develop an appetite for talking with our Heavenly Father in prayer. Lifestyle changes will come as we “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” And as our faces radiate peace and joy and trustfulness in our Savior, the inside story will become evident for all the world to see. Folks will “take knowledge” of us “that we have been with Jesus.”
So now, having seen what happens inwardly and outwardly to those who humbly receive Christ as Savior, the big question which sincere seeking people ask is – How do I become a child of God? The Bible gives us three simple steps.
First- We admit our true spiritual condition. Paul wrote- “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God,” and “there is none righteous, no not one.”
Second- We acknowledge that we cannot save ourselves. Titus 3:5 declares, that our salvation is “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us.”
Third- We ask God for His help. Isaiah urged- “seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.” We invite Jesus Christ into our lives as Savior and Lord. Jesus promised “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.”
If you are not a true Bible Christian, I urge you to take these steps and begin a new life as a child of God. If you are a Christian and have accepted God’s gift of salvation, be assured that when God looks at your heart, He sees a forgiven sinner, covered by the righteousness of His Son, Jesus Christ. Surely this is a story to be told to all people, tongues and nations.