Have you ever known something, and then forgot you knew it?
Unfortunately, I tend to do this often. God will reveal something to me than a few days later I will forget everything he taught me.
That happened to me yesterday as I got caught up in my passion to lead others into a deeper relationship with Christ and became too narrowed focus.
How to reach the lost? As if God hadn’t already revealed the truth to me. SMH! Yes, I am shaking my head at myself because I have even written on this topic previously and I still got carried away.
Now I don’t want to take anything away from the post I shared yesterday as I still find Mr. Edward’s message to be dead on. Let me repeat, Mr. Edward’s message was accurate. It will do nobody any good if we lead people into a false relationship with God. Yes, it is imperative that we share the whole gospel, the complete gospel, but we must keep in mind our audience.
1 Corinthians 3:2-And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it….
Sometimes, probably most of the time, potential converters-the unsaved- are not ready to receive or understand the full gospel. They are very much like babies in that in the beginning the soft easy stuff is all they can swallow. The problem begins when new Christians stay babies and don’t grow up to eat solid food.
The truth is that too many of us are all about converting and getting people saved and not in bringing up our converts. I believe this is where we as evangelists fail. I believe this is where Churches fail. We love to see the big numbers at altar call, but do we follow-up? Do we make sure there is someone to help these new converts learn the ways of Christ?
I believe discipleship is where we should be getting down to the nitty-gritty stuff of the Bible. This is where we open people’s eyes to obedience and the solid food. I’m not just talking about discipleship classes. I’m talking one-on-one training. I am talking about doing life with people.
I knew this. I forget it. Why? Doubt. I didn’t doubt God, I doubted myself. Maybe I was looking for a good excuse to why I don’t share the gospel more. Maybe I got caught in my passion for others to know the truth that there is more to our walk with Christ than a salvation prayer (notice I said walk and not our salvation). I am passionate about obedience as it changed my life. I want everyone to know it. I want everyone to experience what I have experienced. Sometimes I can get so caught up I forget that it took me 10+ years to get there. Yes, I want to speed up the process for other believers, but I have to keep in mind that some are still babes and do have to be fed milk before they can handle the solid food.
What are your thoughts?
Have a blessed day,