Well we have a new puppy in our home and training has begun. My wife picked the puppy up on Saturday while I was out of town. She spent the rest of the day Saturday and most of the day Sunday at home with dog following her around. I returned home around 4:30 on Sunday and started working to get the puppy to come to me as well. The puppy has got a very strong bond with my wife and that is good, but he needs to have a similar bond with me. The new puppy for instance will lay down and sleep on my wife’s slippers because they have her scent. Over time, I know he will imprint me into his social order. Until then I must work at building his confidence and trust level with me.
Our walk with Christ is similar to the imprinting a young animal builds with the persons that they are familiar with. As they get older they become more accepting of others, but when young they build strong trust factors in their minds with certain people.
When we become Christians we have an immediate desire to get to know the Lord more and be among persons who know the Lord. During this time of discipleship it is key that the young Christian imprint their new life with Christ and fellow believers who can mentor them.
As their walk matures they believer must continue to grow through the word of God and fellowship with other believers including the addition of key persons who can be accountability people or groups. These key persons must never denigrate a member when an issue arises. Instead the member should be accepted as a fellow laborer and shown love and support.
Over time and with effort we advance from young Christians to adult Christians…
“Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.” 1 Peter 2:2-3
Once we turn into adult Christians we will know more of God’s word and have a strong group of members around us who can support us and assist us in resisting temptation. So let us grow in the word and in fellowship with one another realizing that we will never attain the fullness of what God has laid out for us until the end.