II Timothy 2:1-2 "Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also."
It takes time to do things and to see results come from what we take the time to do. It takes time to train up our children. It takes time to plant a garden. It takes time to accomplish most anything we do. This also includes helping new-born babes in Christ to grow and mature.
It takes a lot of time...patience...and effort to teach a new convert those things they need to know to live for Christ. Many people get saved and never mature in the Lord as they should. It takes someone taking the time with them to teach them what God expects from us once we are saved.
There are some who will get saved and grow quickly and then there will be those who will grow gradually. My husband and I grew rather quickly after we got saved. We had a couple in our home church that took us under their wing so-to-speak and not only showed us and taught us by example...but also took the Bible and taught us what God says in His Word of how we are to live our lives and what He expects or commands us to do. We were so eager and hungry to learn. Not everyone is like that.
I do believe a new convert will have an excitement and a desire to learn what God expects...but not everyone is willing to take the time to teach them.
This is a very important thing to do in our churches. We want to see people saved and join the church...but are we willing to take the time needed to teach them. The pastor will do his part from the pulpit...and the Sunday School teacher will do their part in the SS class...but it takes more than that. We as members of the church and part of the family of God have an obligation to teach them as well. A church that disciples others brings glory to God.
How much time have you taken the time to help and teach a new convert? Time needs to be spent fellowshipping with them and sharing the Word of God with them. In training them you will be preparing them so they can turn around and win someone to Christ and then they can train that person. We have got to reproduce new Christians so our churches won't die. A church whose people are not winning people to Jesus and training them so they can win others and train them will shrivel up and die.
So let me ask you....are you taking the time?