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Exodus 14:31And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and put their trust in him and in Moses his servant.
Okay. So the Egyptian army and Pharoah are all drowned. You parted the water so we could walk across; Great! But now the wind has changed. We’re a few “weeks” down the road from all that. What have you done lately?
I know that to a large degree the experience of salvation leaves us frequently in the same position as the Israelites standing on the shore of the Red Sea. Much has happened. God has shown Himself in many ways. But, now what? The unfortunate part of all of the loss of new and sincere folks who have come to Christ is the idea that despite 2000+ years of the Church we still have not come up with anything better than one on one mentorship in the faith. This is what we have seen in the New Testament. Paul was a mentor to many, but he never wanted to be a “super pastor” of a “mega church”.
The seed planting metaphor is very apt to consider here. The sower went out to sow. Scripture tells us. Where the seed fell, and whether it took root or not was not up to the sower. When he was finished with the sowing, he would likely have watered and weeded then planted crop until it bore fruit. Think this is what Jesus envisioned for His Church.