3 Frogs were sitting on a log one day talking. Two of them made a decision to jump in the pond. How many were left on the log?
The answer is three. They made a decision to jump they didn’t actually jump! We regularly celebrate at church when someone makes a decision to accept Jesus as their Savior.
2,000 people were seated in a church service listening to the message. Five of them made a decision to receive Jesus as their Savior. How many people’s lives were changed?
Zero, they made a decision but other than theoretically nothing has happened yet! Maybe we are asking the wrong question. Jesus said, Follow me and you will become fishers of men. The Bible says, put off the old man, have your mind renewed and put on the new man.
For the last forty years, I’ve been part of churches that have no plan for us once we make the decision to receive Jesus. For nearly 20 of them I was the pastor! No wonder so many “Christians,” are still sitting on the log.
I asked a group of church men last night what plan of action they were given in whatever church they were part of when they made their decision. The plan was, read your Bible, go to church, give, serve get in a small group or join the church. I asked how many of you have ever been discipled by another Christian and only two hands went up. Most all of us were told what we should do as a Christian but few of us have had someone show us.
The single largest group in most all churches is the group of frogs sitting on the log who made a decision. They are waiting on someone to take them by the hand and show them what comes next.
Sorry but little deep life transformation, healings of soul and mind, or a path to real life freedom happens from attending, serving or giving until internal renewing takes place. It becomes busyness around a void.
Why not as ministries, when someone makes a decision to receive Jesus, walk them through the twelve steps over the next year. There they will be led to surrender, clean house, right wrongs, learn to do all that daily once the big cleaning is done, learn how to have conscious contact with God and to carry the message to others who still need to hear.
We would have way more frogs swimming in the pond than sitting on the log.