You Need A New Believer In Your Life
“You need a new believer in your life.” How does that sound? Weird? Intriguing? This statement caught my attention as I was reading an article. I thought this statement sounded quite strange. Why would I need to have a new believer in my life? But as I continue to ponder upon it, I find it so apt to our theme at River, UNITED – U N I Together Evangelize Disciple.
Growth in life is necessary. If there’s no growth, it is considered as an abnormality. Babies need to grow and reach certain development milestones within a stipulated timeframe. Children need to grow and acquire more knowledge of the world around them. Most adults would expect to have growth in their career and family. Businesses expect growth in their annual sales and revenue. Every living organism or organization needs to grow and will be expected to grow. Yes! We expect all these physical aspects to grow. But, what about the spiritual aspects of our life? Our spiritual maturity, our church, our relationship with Jesus, our faith, our character and so on. All these need to grow too!
While there are different ways to grow spiritually, today let us focus on this statement: “You need a new believer in your life.” As believers, in order to grow spiritually, we need to have someone under our wings. We need to teach new believers who are new in their faith. We need to support them in their new journey with God. When we do so, it would certainly also revitalize our walk with God. When there is an outflow, then there will be space for an inflow. Imagine a tank of water. If there isn’t any outflow, the water in the tank will become stagnant. It will soon become a breeding ground for mosquitos and perhaps eventually the water will stink. But imagine there is an outflow of water. In this case, there is space for a fresh supply of water to be poured into the tank. I believe it’s the same with us! While we grow and be fed with the word of God, we need to impart it to a new believer. As we do so, I am certain that our faith will also grow and your knowledge of the word of God will also deepen.
Jesus gave us The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20 (NKJV),
18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore[a] and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
These were the last words of Jesus to His disciples before He ascended to Heaven. The last words of a person would always be important. It’s the same for Jesus. These words are for us. Jesus has commissioned each and every one of us to make disciples and to teach them all that God has commanded. Behold! You are not left alone on this journey. Jesus is with you all the time! He has also sent you a Helper, a Guide and an Advocate – the Holy Spirit.
Ezekiel 47:9 (NKJV)
And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes.
We are called to be River of living waters, not stagnant waters. Each and every one of us is the channel, the river that brings life to wherever we are called to be. Hence our church also needs to grow. Let us all be UNITED to lead people to Christ. Teach them the word of God. So that ultimately they can so become disciple-maker and will also find themselves a new believer.
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your word. Thank You for being with me and for sending the Holy Spirit to me. Yes Lord, I need a new believer in my life. I surrender my life to You. It is my commitment that I be Your disciple-maker and impart Your word to a new believer. Use me mightily as Your vessel and River to reach out to those who have yet to know You. I thank You in advance for my spiritual growth and the growth of my church. In Jesus’ most mighty Name I pray, AMEN! “