Follow The Leader
The experience of being saved can vary greatly from person to person. Some will not feel anything and others will be moved to their core. The explanation of this is more interesting than you might think. Multiple factors all add something into the mix of the experience, such as praying mothers, the call upon your life, and your own physical / spiritual need at the moment. Make no mistake, God has the final say in this.
After you have received salvation by accepting Jesus as your savior, you will discover that God has expectations of every believer, even new ones. I would expect that after being saved, I would have picked up a Bible and began to read about this Jesus who just changed my life. This was not the case. Someone needed to tell me that I should read the Bible, starting in the New Testament, to find out how to live my new life. So I did.
John 12:26 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.
It didn’t take long to figure out following Jesus meant to be like Him, which I certainly was not. No sooner did I discover, I was expected to be like Jesus that I also discovered that it was impossible for me to do it. I had some issues in my Head, attitude, and my heart that needed to change first. Before any visible changes occurred, I had to begin to read and pray every day; I had to make time for God. It was difficult at first, like starting a new exercise routine you just have to do it until it becomes a personal habit. So I did.
Deuteronomy 5:32-33 32 “Therefore you shall be careful to do as the LORD your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. 33 You shall walk in all the ways which the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live and that it may be well with you, and that you may prolong your days in the land which you shall possess.
After about 6 months, I had become quite familiar with scripture, reference books, and actually learned how to study. I was able to pray for an hour and not fall asleep. I had learned sustainable discipline and my character had definitely changed for the better. The new creation scripture spoke about was beginning to emerge from within me.
The ultimate lesson I had learned was following Jesus was not based upon my being inspired by God, but by me making a choice to follow Him and taking to initial steps to show God, I was indeed interested in Him.