When people receive Christ, their spiritual journey isn’t over. It is just beginning. But the road ahead won’t always be easy. There will be many dangers and obstacles along the way.
Jesus recognized that many who appeared to respond to the gospel would fail to persevere to maturity and fruitfulness. For some, it is because the road is too hard (Mark 4:16, 17). For others, the alternatives are too attractive (Mark 4:18, 19).
Young believers need the help and encouragement of others along their path. They need to understand the hardships ahead and to be encouraged to press on (Acts 14:21-23). That is why it is essential for mentors to guide and encourage them.
Following Jesus is not problem-free, but power-filled.
Take a Step
Memorize 1 Corinthians 10:13. Having this verse memorized helps equip you to encourage younger believers when they face various temptations.