It is hard to imagine a baby being left alone to die. As hard as this is to imagine happening to a physical baby, it happens frequently in churches across America to spiritual babies. We often leave new believers “on their own” after baptism, expecting them somehow to figure out the Christian life by themselves. We usually get the first part of the Great Commission right, baptizing someone, but then we fail the second part, teaching new believers how to obey the teachings of Christ. Imagine taking a newborn baby home from the hospital, laying it down on the couch and saying—now the fridge is in the kitchen, help yourself if you get hungry and the bathroom is down the hallway on the right. This sounds so crazy, but this is what we end up doing with many baby Christians.
Just like physical newborns, spiritual newborns are vulnerable and they need help learning to do several things. They need to learn to feed themselves on the Word of God. They need to learn to walk in daily obedience to the Lord. They also need to learn to talk, both to God in prayer and sharing their faith with others. It has been noted that new Christians often make the best evangelists because of their fresh passion for Jesus and their outreach potential. New Christians often have more non-believing friends in their life at that time than they will at any other time in their life.
When I had my first preaching ministry, I made a personal vow that anyone who was baptized in that church would be blessed with an immediate mentor. After each baptism, I would intentionally find a mature Christian in the church who agreed to give one-on-one regular spiritual mentoring for at least the first year of this baby Christian’s walk with Jesus.
Reflections: Did anyone help to mentor you when you were a baby Christian? If so, make it a point to thank them for helping you to grow when you were young and vulnerable in the faith. Decide to become intentional about matching up mature Christians with new baby Christians, whenever you have the opportunity.
So that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,