Today is a day where I would rather not write a post, as the post that I need to write is probably not one which people would like to read. It is one of those uncomfortable ones. I need to be obedient, and I am working through Hebrews, so I will write this post. I encourage you to read it and see the positive in it. Here goes.
Here is Hebrews 4:11 – 14. There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food. For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right. Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognise the difference between right and wrong. Ouch. Does this apply to you?
There are so many Christians who fall into this category, many of whom fail to recognise that they are even it in. What I find interesting is what the passage determines as the difference between a mature Christian and a ‘baby’, recognising the difference between right and wrong. I have had a person who has been a Christian for longer than I have, casually mention that they were going to a fortune teller. Really? Now this is just an example, but have you been a Christian for a long time, yet you still don’t really know what is right and wrong? Do you still rely on others to walk you through everything, even though you have been a believer longer than they have? It is time to get yourself organised. Let me explain why.
We are now well into the end times. Look what is happening in Syria, then have a look at what the Bible has to say about Damascus in the end days. We’re in it, make no mistake. The Bible also says that the harvest is ripe for the harvesters. Even though it appears that Christianity is on the decline, let me assure you that ‘true’ Christianity is on the rise. If you’re in a dead church that is not growing, maybe you need to ask yourself why, but that is for another discussion. If you are in a growing, vibrant, Holy Spirit led church, people are ready to be harvested. Now think about it, if your church were to double in size with new believers, who would step up to the plate? Who would lead all of the new life-groups? You would need more leaders. Are you ready? You may already be a leader, you may not be, but this is a question for all of you who are not leaders, but have been believers for a while. Are you ready to take on a leadership role? Are you ready to be responsible? Do you know the difference between right and wrong? The new people can’t lead, and if you can’t either, you just heap more pressure on those already leading.
So here is the bottom line. ALL mature believers will need to be leading others when the harvest arrives. Are you ready? If not, what are you doing about it? Now this may be harsh, but it is a reality. You can either right me a nasty email telling me that I am wrong, or you can take it on the chin and prepare yourself. This is something that I am also dealing with, some of you have assumed that I am a pastor, I am not. I don’t even lead a life-group. Yet. I am preparing myself to do just that, and I wanted to encourage you to do the same. We can’t keep draining the leader’s resources with our immaturity, me need to become leaders ourselves in order to help the newbies. Disciples training disciples.
If you think that this week’s post was controversial or upsetting, you may not want to read next week’s. Take a sneak peek of Hebrews 6 and brace yourselves!
Until next week.