Decision Point #4
Jesus Christ is calling you to a life of radical obedience. This new life starts with and is founded on two inter-connected aspects of your response: 1) repentance toward God, and 2) faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21).
Repentance means "turning" - you agree to turn TOWARD God, which necessitates turning FROM everything that He abhors. God hates sin with a holy hatred, because it destroys everything it touches. As you grow spiritually, you will learn to hate sin as much as He does. No doubt, you have things in your life that you know are sinful, harmful and destructive. You cannot turn to a holy God while intending to retain habits and practices He says are wrong. You must genuinely desire to seek God's help to overcome your habit of living in opposition to God's commands.
Faith means, among other things, that a reconciliation with God is based COMPLETELY on trusting what Jesus Christ has done for you. Repentance from dead works, hatred of sin, growth in Bible knowledge, baptism, fellowship with other Christians and all the rest do not cause or contribute to salvation. They don't earn favor with God, and they don't "keep" a saved person in a "state of grace." "...by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9) and "...This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent. (John 6:29)
Will you follow Him?