How did you become a Christian? You’ll be asked this question a lot in your life, if you put your faith in Jesus. Fellow Christians often want you to give a blow-by-blow account of what happened. Non-Christians more often want to know how it happened. How does anyone become a Christian? It’s a vital question to know your answer to. And your answer to that question, will also be your answer to this question: How do I stay a Christian?
You may come across the word ‘predestination’ when thinking about how a person becomes a believer. This word, essentially, means that some people were destined before the world was made, to be Christians. Before God said ‘Let there be light’, He said ‘let Sarah be a child of mine’… ‘let Rosie be a child of mine’. But why them? And why you? Romans 8:28-30 helps us think about this:
WE KNOW THAT FOR THOSE WHO LOVE GOD ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD, FOR THOSE WHO ARE CALLED ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE. FOR THOSE WHOM HE FOREKNEW HE ALSO PREDESTINED TO BE CONFORMED TO THE IMAGE OF HIS SON, IN ORDER THAT HE MIGHT BE THE FIRSTBORN AMONG MANY BROTHERS. AND THOSE WHOM HE PREDESTINED HE ALSO CALLED, AND THOSE WHOM HE CALLED HE ALSO JUSTIFIED, AND THOSE WHOM HE JUSTIFIED HE ALSO GLORIFIED.
Okay, so God ‘foreknew’ and then predestined you to be a Christian. So did He look into the future and see something in you that made Him pick you to be a called, justified and glorified Christian? Other bible passages tell us it’s not quite like that. Ephesians 2:8 and John 6:44+65 spell it out. It wasn’t that you did anything which God saw or foreknew, which meant He destined you to Christianity. No, God “will have mercy on whomever [He] will have mercy, and [He] will have compassion on whomever [He] will have compassion” (Romans 9:15-16) meaning it is His will and nothing else which determines whether you become a Christian or not.
You were not chosen because God knew you would decide to have faith in God one day. You were chosen to have faith in God one day, based on nothing but God’s mercy
Without God’s mercy and His grace to us, which he showed by sending Jesus to die and rescuing you from sin and death, we would never believe and we would forever be sinful because “everything that does not come from faith is sin” (Romans 14:23). Now this is tough to hear, but when we think about staying a Christian it is very good news. Without God’s grace, we would give up on being a Christian tomorrow. He was the one who enabled you to become a Christian and He’s the one who will enable you to remain a Christian. “God works infallibly to preserve the faith of those He has chosen. Those who are truly born again, will never be lost.” This has immense implications for your life. Firstly, it means we can never boast. You were chosen out of God’s mercy, not your goodness. Secondly, your ability to have and keep having faith comes from outside of you. When you feel weak and faithless, God is faithful and will sustain your salvation. Lastly then, we can have hope! We can praise the faithful Lord that he is dependable and worthy of our trust. Your walk as a Christian won’t be easy at times, but you will never be let go from the love of God shown to you through Christ Jesus.
Wait a minute, does this mean we can sit back and relax while God serves as our eternal lifeboat on which we float through life without a care in the world? Can we live in whatever way we please, since God has promised us we’re going to heaven already? No, our God is holy. And He calls those He loves to holiness too. And so we must do three things:
We must persevere (1 Corinthians 15)
As those who have been chosen to receive God’s word into our hearts, we are commanded to “hold firmly to the word” (1 Cor 15:1-2). Holding firmly looks like immersing yourself in Scripture and forever seeking to know more and more of our wonderful God.
We must obey through faith (Hebrews 12)
Those who live in Christ (i.e. Christians), want to live like Christ. That’s what Christian means. It’s like Shakespearean. If something is Shakespearean, it resembles writings like Shakespeare’s. If someone is Christian, they resemble Christ. Spend some time reading the gospels and find out what Christ is like.
We must fight with the knowledge that we’ve already won (1 Timothy 6)
One day God will make us perfect and everything we were made to be (Philippians 1:6) But until then, we are part of a constant battle against the devil, who will never stop trying to sow doubt and tear us away from God. Check out our Armoured series for more on this.
Now if you’re feeling overwhelmed, just remember this one thing:
The justified will be kept by God for final salvation.
PRAISE BE TO THE GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST! IN HIS GREAT MERCY HE HAS GIVEN US NEW BIRTH INTO A LIVING HOPE THROUGH THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST FROM THE DEAD, AND INTO AN INHERITANCE THAT CAN NEVER PERISH, SPOIL OR FADE. THIS INHERITANCE IS KEPT IN HEAVEN FOR YOU, WHO THROUGH FAITH ARE SHIELDED BY GOD’S POWER UNTIL THE COMING OF THE SALVATION THAT IS READY TO BE REVEALED IN THE LAST TIME. 1 PETER 1:3-5
Abby became a Christian at 20 and joined the More Precious team in 2015 as Operations Manager. Abby completed a Psychology degree in Sheffield, a Master's in Nottingham and spent time with CCEF studying biblical counselling in America. Abby is passionate about helping girls to grow in the knowledge that we are all broken, but that we have the strength of Christ overflowing in us. Abby and her husband, Ben, also lead the student work at their church Beeston Free Evangelical Church.
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