Were You Ready?

by Steve Preston
If you are a Christian, did you know what you were getting into when you were baptized?
Did you understand the becoming a child of God would require you to give up some things? Did you know that people would not believe a change had taken place until they saw a change?
Too many times members of the church teach a non-believer the gospel of Christ without telling them what would be required afterwards.
It is one thing to teach: hear (Romans 10:14), believe (Mark 16:16), repent (Acts 3:19), confess (Matthew 10:32) and be baptized (Galatians 3:27), and quite another thing to teach what loving God entails (John 14:15).
We do a disservice to those we teach if we do not warn them about the costs of following Christ.
Jesus taught that we have to give up everything, even our own selves, to serve God.
“So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33 ESV).
It is not enough to tell the lost they must put Christ first, if they do not understand what that means. They need to know that becoming a Christian means they must “count the cost, whether [they have] enough to complete it” (Luke 14:28).
Becoming a Christian is the greatest thing that can happen to anyone. Not being informed as to life after conversion will cause those converted to start their new life in Christ unprepared.
Teach the good news of Christ to all, but also teach what will be expected of them in that new life.
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Steve’s BibleTalk, from which this article was taken, can be received by emailing bibletalk-join@associate.com.

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