Matthew 5:3-12, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Every year, at least once or twice each year, I try to take a week or so, to read the Sermon on the Mount every day. It’s always good for my heart. It’s convicting. It’s challenging. And my prayer is that it is life changing for me. While reading the Sermon on the Mount this morning, especially the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-16), I was reminded of some words that I read just last night. …
However, the Wet Blanket Committee seems invariably to get around to all new believers. They are the ones who try to settle down the new believer. These men and women come along with the commendable desire for young believers to not burn themselves out too soon. Fearfully, all of their intentions are likely born from a loss of zeal in their own lives. The real effect of their ‘encouragement’ to new believers is to diminish a person’s love and obedience toward Christ. Rather than asking new believers to settle down or settle in, we should learn from their excitement to love and obey. The church should rally around their unbridled passion to follow God’s will and mission. I say, let the new believers loose on the world. They were changed by the gospel of love and glory. Tell them to obey the Lord who authored their release. Better yet, help them live under His beautiful commands, which are light and life to the soul.
Far too often, a new believer is set ablaze by the Person and love of Christ, the principles of Christ, and the purpose of Christ, only to find older and more “mature” believers working to “settle” him or her down.
Before long, the new believer becomes like the rest of us: Comfortable, complacent, and living the casual, and often carnal Christian life! 😦
Let’s not be guilty of throwing a “wet blanket” on a new believer or any believer who has make the decision to seek Christ, surrender to Christ, and sacrifice his all for the cause of Christ!
Don’t put the fire out in someone else’s life!!!