The most interesting thing about when people become Christians is the fire that is within them to share the Gospel to those around them. The hardest part of the whole process is the ‘let-down’ that takes place when those who are around them start to reject the message they are sharing. This can be demoralizing and even destructive for many new Christians.
I want to share a couple of words of encouragement to these people this week. First, don’t lose hope…remember that you once were right where they are at now; rejecting the message that is being shared to you. Many new Christians don’t remember what they came from, and that is good, because once you are there, God doesn’t remember where you came from either.
This can be discouraging however for many who are experiencing this new life. They are so wrapped up in how great it feels to have a new life that they lose sight of what it took to get them to this point. They become overzealous with the idea that everyone should want this in their life and at times do not remember what it took to get through their walls that first time. We need to help each other through these moments (moments that will occur in an even greater scale for those closest to us).
Secondly, don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. When the world rejects us, we tend to sink back and lose hope…these are the moments where we can shine even brighter. The world is content in self-service. No one wants to be told that they are doing it wrong…no one wants to give up selfish ambition or pride; especially if that is what they have always known.
There are many in this world that only seek to please themselves, and in many cases, don’t even know they are doing it. They always degrade those around them, pushing others down and using them as stepping stools to reach that next plateau. These people are so self consumed that the good news of Christ is something they cannot even fathom because of their vanity and pride.
Remember this, when they push you to your knees…you are in the perfect position to pray for them. I would venture to say that if you look back over your life, there are times when you were the same way. In going back to the first point…I’m not saying remember your old life…I’m saying remember what you came from and how much more enjoyable and pleasing your life is now that you found the way out.
It may not be easy, but Jesus does give us a promise in Matthew 11:28-30:
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Take time to show this to others…share the joy of the relationship…show them it is different…and hit the ground praying.