If you just carried out the first three posts about witessing we would be doing great! At least more people would be hearing the Gospel message personally. Hearing it from someone that knows what it is to live inside the grace of God and the loving arms of Jesus. But I can’t stress the importance of this next point enough. It seems that ‘following through’ is a step along the path of success in everything!
If you think of anything that you have ever accomplished you will likely see where the importance of following through comes into play! Just look at how many thing can be improved by following through…
- Better golf swing (oh, and keep your head down too).
- Better baseball swing.
- Better football throw.
- Better doctors appointment.
- Better marriage.
- Better work.
You have to follow through with what you start! Just like planting a seed in a garden you cannot simply put it in the soil and forget about it. You have to look after it, water it, pull away the weeds, make sure it gets enough sunlight, nurture it.
In Luke 5 verses 28 and 29 we see that Levi has answered the call of Christ, has responded to the Word, and has repented of his sinful ways. We are told that Levi left ‘everything behind’ and followed Jesus! Levi was so excited about his new life that he threw Christ a banquet!! Christ remained and celebrated with Levi. Christ remained.
After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. (Luk 5:27-29 NIV)
This time of celebration, the time period just after someone responds to the Gospel is very unique as is evidenced in verse 29. Notice that at the banquet there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others at the table. Levi still has his same circle of friends and is celebrating his new found faith with them and Jesus is there with him. Statistics say that more evangelism occurs by new Christians in the first two years after their conversion while they still have their same circle of friends. Eventually they will move into Christian circles. So in this very important time we must be sure to follow through, we have to remain in contact with those that show repentance and want to follow Christ. If we fail to follow through then we are failing those that we witness to.
Grace & Peace,