If the entire story of Christianity stopped at that moment of salvation, it would be an amazing story, but it would not be what the world really needs. Just getting their Jesus ticket punch does not change their lives. The amazing, constant, and persistent work that He does every day of our life thereafter as He changes our character to be more like Him is the really amazing story. This is what the world really needs. You may think I’m off base here, but I have lived long enough to see and attend some of these “salvation factories” that preached nothing but Jesus and salvation. Sure, they had impressive numbers of baptisms, but because they did not give the rest of the story in discipleship and loving service to the community around them, their members tended to be very immature Christians, and their membership was very volatile with just as many people going out the back door as coming in the front.
Think about it. If a hospital were run the way these “salvation factories” were run, they would have everyone working down in the maternity ward and would not have people taking care of the plethora of functions that a hospital performs that address the many other problems people have. The same is true of our churches. We don’t need every one hanging out in the maternity ward, just preaching the message of new birth and leaving the people without the meat they need for growth the rest of their lives in order to develop into effective servants of God, performing loving acts of service that God wants us to do every day in accordance with Isaiah 58 and Matthew 25. Then, when we have served people, they will want to know the message of Jesus and they will take us more seriously because we live the love of Christ instead of just giving it lip service. Remember the old saying, “They don’t care what you know until they know that you care.”
I pray that God will fill you with His wisdom and that you will draw near to Him so that He may also draw near to you.