- Sheldon Clowdus
What do we do with all these new followers of Jesus? Do we have a plan for them? Do we have a system in place that will teach them what it means to follow Christ and how to equip themselves to go back to their worlds as a new creation?
Too often we celebrate the conversion of sinners into saints without a good plan to help saints become mature disciples of Christ. It is our responsibility to help those God uses us to save to become maturing, growing disciples. They are our spiritual children. Paul understood that. He told the church at Corinth that He was their father through the gospel.
For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel. -- 1 Corinthians 4:15
Paul typically remained for a season in cities where he planted churches in order to help create a structure and install leadership that would enable new converts to grow in Christ. He knew to do otherwise would be to shirk his duty to them as their spiritual father.
Hopefully, our churches have some new spiritual children today. Do we have structures and leaders in place to help them grow, to help them learn how to pray, to help them learn to study their bibles?
If not, maybe that should top our to do list today.