Those who are truly born of God have had a deep transformation in their hearts. They are not hard work to disciple, and they will not remain committed to their old life with its addictions and values. We need to become sharp in identifying those who are born of God and those who are not- not so we can condemn, but so we can pray for them.
Many come among us and profess faith, get baptised, take the Covenant vow and then leave us soon after. What is wrong? One of the Devil’s strategies with our church is to make us forget what saving power looks like. With our new people, we are tempted to think (unconsciously) that going to meetings and singing the songs is enough, and yet belonging is not the same as believing. This is a compromise that dilutes the church and weakens our authority.
As our church wanes in power, so does its ability to bring about powerful new births. We hope for the best with the new people that come among us because we feel under pressure to produce fruit. We turn a blind eye to the fact that deep down, some people amongst us just haven’t understood what regeneration is about. As long as they behave, say the right things and come to meetings, we’re satisfied. We think that when they get baptised and live in community for a few months or years, they’ll slowly “get it”. This just doesn’t work and we wonder why they suddenly leave and why they can so easily capitulate to their old habits and addictions. Those who have been truly born of God will not cling year after year to their addictions and compromises. These ones who do this have just learned to behave but have never learned to believe.
We need to look for the true transforming work of God in people’s hearts, to long for it, to pray for it, to believe and to speak it into being. Believers not just behavers.
As a church, we need to cry out to God for true saving power in our new people, and not stop until we see it happen every day.