There are several things that happen when you choose to follow Jesus:
1. You are saved from sin. God’s Word promises, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). The problem of evil in the world will in a measure be solved, because you are choosing to let God deal with the problem of sin in you. As Romans 8.1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
2. You will have peace with God. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ…” (Romans 5:1). This means that the missing link, the gaping hole, will finally be filled. Instead of an ache in the center of your being, instead of feeling lost, or adrift, or purposeless, you will have peace, and, in Jesus you will have a friend to take all your worries to.
3. You become a new person. Paul says: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5.17). You may have been born a sinner, but when you put your faith in Jesus, you are “born again” as a saint and a child of God. This doesn’t mean that you are perfect, or that you can judge others, it means that you are free to choose God’s adventure for you.
3. You can be sure that you will go to heaven. Heaven is the eternal home of God’s people. No matter the problems that evil can bring into this world or your life, it can never change God’s love for you or separate you from him. As the Apostle Paul wrote, “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).
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About the Author: Dr. Daniel King is a missionary evangelist who has traveled to over seventy nations in his quest for souls. His goal is to lead 1,000,000 people to Jesus every year through massive Gospel Festivals, distribution of literature, and leadership training. Because of his experience and research on evangelism, he is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in mass evangelism. As an evangelist, he has a deep interest in using apologetics to convince skeptics that God is real.