What a joy it is to see new Believers get excited about their life in Christ. There is an exuberance of emotions that dwarfs anything they had previously experienced. They have a desire to pursue anything that will assist them in their spiritual journey. They can’t get enough of the Word. Their prayer life is an on going conversation with God. They see things in a whole new perspective. Every time the doors of their worship centers are opened, they are there. Filled to overflowing, they then look for opportunities to share their faith. They search for those who resemble their “old creature” and offer them a life line that will lift them from the miry clay onto a rock of unfaltering Truth. They experience a lifestyle that is based upon a relationship instead of a religion. Everyday is an opportunity to climb to new heights. They don’t know how to “play” church for they realize they are the Church. Their words are the language of the Kingdom, not the world. They don’t blend in; they stand out. Their countenance radiates their new life in Christ. They are so contagious that they affect all those with whom they come into contact. These followers of Jesus are not finger pointers but hand raisers. They do not judge others; rather, they witness about the love of God.
What I do not understand is how we start off sprinting for the Kingdom, but quickly revert to jogging. Before we realize it, we are just walking, and then we simply stop exerting spiritual energy and stand still. Finally, we just sit on our faith and become a spectator. Where has our zeal gone? Why is it so easy to lose our excitement for the faith? God has not limited our “showers” of blessings, but we have put up our umbrellas of indifference. WHY?
Much of the responsibility for our faded zeal is directly related to our lack of interest in one another. The Bible commands us to seek after those things “where-with one may edify another.” (Romans 14:19) We are called upon to help people grow in the faith. (Romans 15:2) We are called to love each other, which is an ingredient to building up one in the faith. (I Corinthians 8:1) Sharing the Word with one another is a form of edification. (II Corinthians 10:8) Our whole objective in life should be to help the unbeliever experience Jesus Christ and to assist Believers in their spiritual walk. The goal of the Ministry Gifts is to edify the Believer. (Ephesians 4:12) The Bible is full of examples where the Believer is called upon to prefer one another before himself. Instead of self serving, let us be a waiter and serve one another. Let us see the opportunity to help each other as an evidence of the reality of our faith. Instead of continually asking God to bless us, let us learn to be a blessing to others, and then we will experience the blessings of the Kingdom.
When we lose the vision of reaching out to others, it won’t be long before we will become spectators instead of participants in the race of life. Remember when you responded to God’s invitation through someone else’s prompting? Remember when you were losing your spiritual stamina and someone was there to encourage you? Remember when you felt discouraged and someone cared enough to bring you a dose of encouragement? How about that time you felt no one cared about you, and just when you were ready to throw in the towel a “care package” arrived in the in the form of a concerned friend? Maybe its time we became a Life Guard to struggling Believers. Let us get spiritually excited once again by reaching out to others!