This message of grace is the most exciting life that I’ve ever encountered. For years, I struggled as a believer and then a number of years ago, God started to turn my spiritual life upside down. The beginning stages were the most difficult of my life and I honestly thought I’d never make it. However, even in the difficult times, God was there making himself real. As the initial feelings of disorientation disappeared, I experienced an excitement and joy that I wanted to share.
I think all of us who are growing and getting established in grace have experienced a desire to see people set free. However, in our excitement, we can easily try to push them beyond where they are ready to go. It’s like trying to feed a newborn baby a steak and a baked potato. Its little digestive system is not ready for adult food and it’ll choke. If we continue to try to feed it this type of food, it’ll choke the life out of the child.
Ecclesiastes talks about there being a season for everything. There’s a season for planting and a season for harvest. Right now, it’s snowing outside. BTW, the last time we remember having this much snow was 6 years ago. The snow is beautiful but this isn’t a time for me to go out into the yard and try to plant watermelon seeds. If I expect a harvest, I have to wait for the right season and so it is with sharing this message of grace and freedom.
I believe we need to have ears to hear and eyes to see where each person is on their journey. Perhaps they can only handle a tiny morsel at this time. Maybe, they can’t handle anything. If that’s the case, sometimes it’s best to say nothing and to allow God to get them ready. He knows when it’s harvest time and he’ll send them the message at the right time by the right messenger. If, we’re not willing to wait, I believe we can cause a lot of hurt and make it more difficult for others to receive the message at the right season.
As I was thinking about this, I remembered that Darin Hufford has a blog that describes what happens when people are pushed into accepting Jesus before they are ready. I believe Darin has great insight as he explains the dangers of giving spiritual birth prematurely. I think you’ll enjoy reading what he has to say.