I was watching the Hillsong documentary Let Hope Rise tonight and I heard a lyric. I don’t know what song it was, I heard the lyric and then I felt God give me the nugget of truth that would grow to this blog.
The lyric was “to see a brand new world”.
Instantly it took my mind to images of a a newborn baby and thoughts of a new Christian.
So often when someone goes to the altar. Those of us that are established in our faith, I think expects them to immediately be transported in their walk to where we are. Or at very least to where we think they should be.
When they don’t instantly stop talking the way they used to. Or watching the movies they used to we question their conversion.
I had the blessing of getting to visit baby Gabby twice recently in the hospital. Gabby, if you are unaware was born to Matt and Laura Latall 3 months early. She is a beautiful baby girl with a ridiculous amount of hair.
Seeing her there so vulnerable, tiny and reliant is how we are when we finally lay our lives down for Christ. You might be 33 years old like me but you are a brand new creature. A newborn. Everything you see you are seeing with new eyes. Everything you hear you are hearing with new ears. You are newborn. It is a brand new world.
That is why Paul in his letter to the church at Corinth describes his teaching to new believers like this “I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren't ready for anything stronger. And you still aren't ready,” 1 Corinthians 3:2
We all grow at a different rate. Paul knew that.
At LifePoint we have been blessed to baptize a lot of people recently. It’s up to the rest of us to guide these new believers. To love them and encourage them. To not expect too much from them too fast. Let them grow.
After all paraphrasing Philippians 1:6 the Jesus that began a good work in you and promises to see it thru has done the same for them.
God will eventually raise them to a new level like He did you. Hopefully this idea will help you filter your encounters with new Christians and even non-believers. Whether in person or online.
When you see someone on Facebook post something inappropriate or use language from the old life look at it again thru the filter of how long (or if at all) they have been a follower of Christ.
Be a good example, be patient and Love First.
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