Still Born Christians
Often when someone first becomes a Christian, it is very evident in that they want the whole world to know the peace and joy they have found in Jesus Christ. We see them growing in leaps and bounds as they want to learn as much as they can about the new relationship they have. However, at times, we do not see any of this. We need to ask why this happens. Lets look at some scripture to gain some insight on it:
1 The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side.
2 And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.
3 And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
4 And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
8 But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
9 Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Notice in verse 5 and 6 that the seed did take root but it was not able to be nourished to continue to grow. (verse 20 and 21). They may have been told that once we accept Christ, all our problems will be over so when persecution came, they could not survive. I think many of these are "still born Christians" At the very least, they do not grow to become mature Christians. Might we not have many fewer "Still Born Christians if we followed the second part of the next two verses?
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
(Please note, if you have has a still born child, this is not intended to cause you any pain. Remember as David said. he will see his child again. He or she is waiting for you to join them on the streets of gold and more important to the arms of Jesus and Yes you will recognize each other on sight.. as I will the two daughters my wife had before I met her that died (one still born and one by SID's) I do consider them my daughters and I believe they will call me dad when I see them. I pray their mother will be there too!
This message is from the ministry of Shattered Men