By Jim Faughn
Phone calls are made;
texts are sent; pictures are posted on Facebook;
Twitter is filled with tweets. In short, the news is
spread in any way possible.
What has just happened?
Isn’t it obvious?
A new child has made his/her
entrance into the world! Parents, grandparents, other
relatives, and friends are all elated. They are filled
with gratitude, pride, joy, and so many other positive
However, it won’t be long until
that “new creature” will begin making demands on some of the
older and more mature members of the family. He/she
does not intend to do that. It is just how things
are. Nobody expects a newborn infant to be able to be
self sufficient. It may take a lot of time and loss of
sleep; demands may be made on financial resources; it may be
very difficult; but no right thinking person would resent
getting this infant on his/her way to a healthy, rewarding
The Bible teaches that, when one is
baptized into Christ (cf. Rom. 6:3; Gal. 3:27), that person
becomes “a new creature/creation” (cf. 2 Cor. 5:17, various
translations). How do the more mature members of
the spiritual family respond to that?
Are we as excited about somebody’s
new birth (cf. John 3) as we are about a physical
birth? Do we “spread that news?” Are we willing
to invest the time, energy, and other resources it will take
to help a new child of God begin a journey that, hopefully,
will lead all of us to heaven?
It would be beyond ludicrous to
expect “the professionals” (doctors, nurses, etc.) to
nurture, train, and educate our newborn children until they
were mature enough to take care of themselves. Once we
leave the hospital, we do what we can for them (with some
“professional guidance” along the way) until they can do
things for themselves.
What would be the sense, then, of
expecting only “the professionals” in the church (preachers,
elders, etc.) to be the only ones expected to help nurture a
new Christian? Wouldn’t it be better if each of us
took some ownership in this?
How about all of us applying
the words of an old song to all of the members of our family
--- especially the newborn ones?
He ain’t heavy.
He’s my brother.
- Jim Faughn serves as an elder and preacher for the Central
Church of Christ in Paducah KY. He may be contacted
through the congregation's website: