...Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. Acts 16:30-31
There is a big difference between being saved and being converted. Inorder to get a clear understanding of each process, one must know what each word mean. Webster Dictionary defines salvation as the redemption of humanity from the bondage and penalty of sin. Conversion is defined as to cause a change from one belief to another.
The bible tells us that inorder to be saved, we must believe on the Lord Jesus. This starts the process of your "new found life." From this point on is where the conversion should take place. Reading/studying God's Word, along with attending Church, Sunday Schoool, Bible Study, and applying the Word of God to your everyday life, transforms you from your old way of thinking to a new way of thinking. Never again will you view life challenges the same way.
The Word of God has a way of opening your eyes to see things clearly and from a perspective you have never thought about. Once you learn to operate in the spirit and not your flesh, things that once bother you don't bother you anymore, and things you once enjoyed doing (drinking, smoking, using profanity, etc.), doesn't appealed to you anymore. God's Word changes you from the inside out. It get down to the core of your very being, and works through (see Hebrews 4:12).
Sometimes people make the mistake of thinking that once they confess their sins, accepts Jesus as their personal Savior, and be baptize, that's it. They don't have to do any work. But that's not truth. Maintaining your salvation takes effort, discipline, and determination. There is always going to be something or someone trying to deter you from what God is doing in your life. It is a constant battle within. Your old man vs your new man. We like to put a lot of the blame on Satan; and don't get me wrong, he does his share. But we spend a lot of time battling ourselves. What we know to do vs what we use to do.
So as you continue on you Christian journey, know that trials will come to help us grow in our faith. And though they don't feel good, they are necessary for growth and development of our relationship with God. But with the Holy Spirit as our guide, and our willingness to follow, we can accomplish that which God has called us to do. IN JESUS ' NAME, AMEN.
Remember: Noone can do it for you. This is an individual walk. It's between you and God. What He has for you, has been tailored made just for you. THAT'S AMAZING!
Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Philippians 2:12-13
Change is never an easy process. But if we submit ourselves to the Lord, allow the Holy Spirit to dwell in us, and operate through us, we will find it more easier than we thought. When we realize that it is not about us, but about Jesus, then and only then can we fulfill our purpose of what we have been called to do.