My 1-year old granddaughter is walking now, much to the delight of her bigger, 3-year old brother. Now she is more mobile and will be able to keep up with him.
When she falls, he helps her back up.
But it won’t be long before he’s probably singing a different tune as she follows him where he doesn’t want her to go.
She’ll fall and he’ll run off instead of helping her up.
Kids can be a lot like some Christians. We’re excited when someone gets saved and begins to “walk” in Christ. If they fall we’ll help them up.
Soon the new wears off and we expect them to pick themselves up and take care of their own walk.
Just like my grandkids, they’ll always be time that she will need his help and he will need her help. That’s what being a brother and sister are all about.
It’s true for the church too. Brothers and sisters in Christ should help each other, especially when one falls. It’s not Christ-like to jump on someone and grind them in the ground when they’re down.
The Bible says,
We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Romans 15:1
Now I’m still a believer that each one of us is responsible to God for his/her own prayer, Bible study, and going to church. You’ve got to try! You have to put one foot in front of the other. You have to move forward.
But if you fall I will try to be there to help pick you up and dust you off!