Just as we would never leave physical babies alone to fend for themselves, neither should we leave Spiritual babies alone to fend off satan all by themselves. The great commission of Matthew 28 says to “go and make disciples”. Making disciples or teaching a new baby in Christ to walk requires us to give up our most valuable non-renewable possession – time. We need to give of our time to teach new converts the value of daily prayer and meditating on the Scriptures. We need to spend time with them teaching them that being saved does not mean that we will never be offended or that we will never fail. We need to spend enough time with them to be sure that they understand that those offenses and failures does not mean that God does not love them. God is, in fact, right there with them all of the time. He never sleeps nor slumbers and He never leaves us alone. Every time we fall, He is there to pick us up, clean us up, wrap His arms around us and love us until the pain goes away. Most of all, we must teach them that their Helper lives right inside of them and is always there to teach, lead and guide and help them to stand.
“The closer I get to the end of my life, it seems the only question that matters, Is the life I am living pleasing to God?” – Ken Gire In “Sacred”J
“The Gospel has come to you because it’s on its way to someone else.” – Anonymous
28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” 33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. — Luke 2:28-33 NIV
Simeon was a priest serving in the temple at the time Joseph and Mary borught Jesus to be consecrated. He had been told by the Holy Spirit that he would be honored to see the Lord’s Messiah before he died. God arranged that Simeon would be walking in the courtyard when Joseph and Mary arrived with baby Jesus. It is amazing how God manages all the little details to be sure that His promises never fail. It should give us great comfort and peace to know how much God cares about us. How carefully He watches over us allowing and/or causing every piece of the puzzle to fall into place to fulfill HIs plan. The events in our lives happen just in time and are designed to help us grow spiritually. They are sometimes trying but they are never more than we can bear, if we lean on Him in those times.
10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. — Isaiah 41:10 NIV
Some people may feel that God has never spoken to them or promised them anything. But, truthfully, He has promised each of us everything that we need to live the life that He has called us to live.
3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature — 2 Peter 1:3, 4a NIV
So, in the best of times and the worst of times, if we lean on Jesus, we can always go in joy and peace.
12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; — Isaiah 55:12a NIV