I am in the Marketing business. That’s what I do. Not long ago, I had written a TV commercial script for one of my clients. And I must say, I was fairly proud of this particular script. Was it one of my very best? Probably not…but none the less…I really liked it. My script was gleefully handed to the client for an expected, delightfully approving smile. He read the script and slowly set it aside and began talking about something else. I was stunned, and couldn’t help blurting out, “Wait a minute…what did you think of that script?” He looked at me, with hesitation in his eyes. One could see he did not want to discuss the script. I pressed him again. He then said, “Well, to be honest, it’s kind of like a bowl of soup that had been left out in the rain.” That moment will not soon be forgotten.
Every once and a while, that phrase eases back into my memory and haunts me for a moment or two. I felt embarrassed, awkward, and a bit ineffective at the job I had to do for that client. And although he wasn’t angry or upset in any way…I knew that I had let him down, and he was disappointed in my work…at least temporarily. Yes, this man is still one of my loyal clients, and for nearly 17 years now…but he remains a client of my company in the good times, and through the not so good times.
I often think about my “bowl of soup left out in the rain”, when I think about relationships with Jesus Christ. Sometimes I wonder to myself, “Why have I not read my Bible in almost a week?” “Why have I not helped someone in need, for more than a month or two, now?” “Why was it so easy to look at that man standing on the street corner this morning, and not give him five or ten dollars?” Has my love for others grown cold? Am I becoming a weak, luke-warm Christian, rather than a powerful servant of God…on fire for the work of the Lord? Is my service to the Living God becoming, “a bowl of soup left out in the rain”?
Over the past many years, I have seen so many young adults that have been baptized into Christ and had begun attending Church. This was wonderful! But a short time after their baptism, many of them had already stopped attending Church. They had seemingly “lost their hunger” for the Spirit of God…which was tragic. And although everyone’s walk is a personal one with God, mature Christians need to embrace these “Young Christians in the Faith”, and provide a rich, learning environment in which they can grow. It’s similar to a new flower, which has been freshly planted. You give it extra love and care, watering it daily, nourishing this new life…until it grows mature and strong, and can thrive on its own…in a cold, cruel world. Well, a new life in Christ is no less delicate…and no less precious. Everything and anything we can do for these new children of God, is appreciated…not only by the new believers…but by the Lord. As Jesus has said, “And if anyone gives a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” (Matt 10:42). A new believer in Christ, is a new child in the Lord.
God loves you. God loves both, the mature Christian and the new Christian. And God loves all mankind. We are His most precious creation, and He has proven this…over and over again…through His word and deeds. But we find eternal life through His Son Jesus Christ, and through Him alone. Nourish these children of God. Give them a cup of fresh, cold water to drink. Love them in the Lord.