This past weekend I had the joy of watching my great nephew’s first tooth finally burst forth from his baby gums. Seriously, we have been waiting on that tooth to show itself for over three weeks now. It’s like, you know it’s there, you can see the white spot under the gum, but no cigar! Then poof! There it is.
And yes, his disposition was just a little fussier at times, even though I suspect from the stories I have heard about teething, we got off easy! But, let us be reminded that was only one tooth and there are 31 more to go!
Truthfully, I am watching the poor little guy like a hawk for signs of normal development just like all parents do, I’m sure. (He and his mom, my niece, live with us.) Every month I look online at what he should be doing now, whether it’s eating baby food, rolling over, sitting up, etc. And his precious nurse practitioner probably wishes she were not in the Sunday school class I attend!
I share all of that with you this morning because I wonder if we have this kind of excitement about new believers as they begin to develop. I seriously question these days if we in the body of Christ truly care about each other enough to look for signs of normal development in each other. And if we do see something that just isn’t right, do we care enough to say something, or do we use the traditional Christian copout of “Well, I don’t want to be judgmental.” I’m not talking about judging;
I’m talking about loving each other enough to let someone be mad or angry with you for loving them enough to speak truth over them.
Are you getting this? We wouldn’t dare let our little ones go on developing abnormally if we have a clue something is wrong and dangerous to their development. We wouldn’t let them develop wrongly or die if we could do ANYTHING about it. But many of our brothers and sisters in Christ are developing wrongly and living as though they were spiritually dead, and we never blink an eye.
Can I encourage you to look to the left and right and ask yourself this question: Are my brothers and sisters in Christ developing normally? Are they growing as believers? If not, can you encourage them in anything? Are you growing? If not, do you know who to go to for encouragement on the issue?
Jesus wants us to share the good news of the gospel so that man might be saved. He also wants us to be followers of His ways and truths. It is not an either/or choice.
I like this quote from Draper’s Book of Quotations for the Christian World: Salvation is free, but discipleship costs everything we have.
Jesus, however, says it best in Luke 9:23-25: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?”
Only when we are growing in our walk with the Lord according to His Word and Spirit will we be able to recognize when a brother or sister in Christ is in trouble! If you are a new believer, please find someone to walk beside you in discipleship. If you are a more seasoned believer, then please disciple someone, and if you are an older believer who has never been discipled, then please find someone to disciple you. Seriously, it is time for the body of Christ to grow up!
Love you all so much,
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