I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. 1 Corinthians 3:2
When I first laid down my life at Jesus’ feet, I was in a word clueless. The only thing I knew was that something profound happened at the moment I said “yes” to Him. I was not the same person. Crazy things happened to me within days—hours—of making that life-changing decision. Dreaming that a dove descended onto my head before I knew the dove is the symbol for the Holy Spirit. Picking up a King James Bible and reading it like a first-grade primer. These things were just added to the pile of newness about being a child of God, and I marveled each time I had a new feeling or experience.
I got to thinking, what would go into a “Starter Kit” for new Christians? On the website startingwithGod.com (who knew there was a website like that?), Barbara Francis says, “Getting to know God is like getting to know another person.” In a new relationship with God, Step One is to listen to the Him by getting into His Word, preferably with some direction from a more seasoned believer. Step Two is to talk to God, or pray. Anybody can pour out one’s feelings, concerns and joys to the Almighty without much practice. In fact, the more casual one’s prayers are the better. God doesn’t want us to be professional orators. He is having a “come as you are” party.
Step Three is to talk to others about this new Person in your life. It’s okay to tell everybody you know that you have made a decision to follow Christ. We are “Christ’s ambassadors” (2 Corinthians 5:20), and even as new believers, we can share our profound and life-changing experience with those we meet. Step Four is to talk to others who also know your new Friend. They can help new believers to learn how to grow in Christ’s love and produce fruit for God (Jeremiah 12:2). So that’s the “Starter Kit.” If you are a new Christian, try it out. If you have been a believer for a while, go find yourself a “baby” Christian and use this method to get to know her!
Jesus, You were new to all of us once. Enchant us with Your marvelous ways. Amen