I’m sure someone has asked this before, but I wanted to ask this so it was phrased the way I want it. I was baptized not too long ago, but ever since, I have yet to truly understand how to live as a christian… I am in the process of reading the Bible, but I feel ignorant, and I want to know how to live as a christian properly.
Do I have to feel a certain way every day or go out and do charitable things? Do I focus on learning only?
How do I live as a christian; what do I need to do? Thank you.
At The Beginning
Dear At The Beginning,
Your question is a good one, but a difficult one to give an easy answer to. It is kind of like asking what a baby needs to do to become a grown up. Do they need to learn to walk? Yes, but not just walk. Do they need to learn to talk? Yes, but not just talk. In fact, there are a million different things that must be learned and perfected by the time a child can be considered an adult. However, it would overwhelm a child if you tried to explain to them everything they would have to learn in the first two decades of their life. Children grow by simply doing the best they can every day, and somehow, almost magically, that turns them into adults.
The same thing is true in spiritual growth. You need to study your Bible, but you also need to try and apply it by living according to its teachings. You need to go to a faithful church and learn (we can help you find one if you need help… not all churches are faithful), but you also need to try and share the good news with others. How you feel will change from day to day, but you also need to try and control your emotions. Peter said it best:
“As newborn babes, long for the spiritual milk which is without guile, that you may grow thereby unto salvation.”
(I Pet 2:2)
The key is eating the Bible up and letting its teachings mold you. There is no magical formula. It is a daily process of hearing what God has said in the Bible and then trying to do what He says. The more you try, the more you grow… and eventually, you will look back and see the major changes in your life.