Philippians 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Jon Steingard, the lead vocalist of the Canadian christian band, recently threw a bombshell, or so he thought when he came on his Instagram page and declares: ‘I have agonize whether to say this publicly and if so, how to do it, but I now felt that it is less important how i do it and more important that I do it’.
He continued,’ after growing up in a christian home being a pastor’s kid, playing and singing in a christian band, and having the word CHRISTIAN in most of the things i do in front of my life- I now finding that i no longer believe in God.’
One can only imagine this news and the impact it will have on those who see him as a poster boy for the christian youth, but this news should not come as a surprise. For one, we are not born as Christians; we are born again as Christians
Experience has taught us today that we can only lead our children and wards to christ via upbringing in sound christian doctrines, but making them surrender their lives to God is their own sole responsibility. A Jewish leader in the person of Nicodemus had an encounter with christ and was told this revealing fact. It requires a personal knowledge of God, not a theoretical one nor being involved in christian activities. The disciples of christ never knew this, though they were with christ. Not until the day of Pentecost. The reason apostle paul did a lot of exploits for God was because he encounters the power of christ on the road to Damascus it was this spiritual encounter that made him an instant power house for God. yet, paul despite all he underwent, the miracles he did through the name of christ still had to say ‘that I may know him‘. This quest is a thirst for a supernatural and an experiential encounter with Jesus christ [phillipians3:10] Let us get some facts clear:
we are not Christians because we are born into a christian home
we are not Christians because we are part and parcel in church activities as a youth
we are not Christians because we sing in the christian .
we are not Christians because we are the best in the debating team
We are no Christian because our father is the bishop or founder of a ministry
Read this: 1 Samuel 2:22 Now Eli was old and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. Were these children not born into a spiritual environment? Was their father not a priest? Were they not allowed to partake in the things of God? Were they not given the rightful respect that come with being the children to the priest?
I had the privilege of being a children’s teacher in a local church for 12 years. I noticed that some children after they had performed in the things of God so brilliantly and intelligently failed to practise those things I thought them and many grew to be outright defiant I saw many become ‘jon steingard’. And many concerned parents would come and asked questions. Later in my desire and quest with prayers, I realised that all men must come through a personal surrender to christ, an encounter that changes who we are and allow the spirit of God to take control. A confession and acceptance of the holy spirit according to Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. This answers all the question in our minds, without Him in our lives we can do nothing or carry on with the christian way we will faith and burn out like poor Jon we will Say I have no pleasure in this.
The prodigal son grew in the same house with the first son, yet what went wrong? He got the same love and care. He took all for granted, and it is therefore necessary for him to find out for himself that it is not greener outside, that he must be grateful and happy that he belongs to such a wonderful and gracious father. This experience made him realise a lot and how ungrateful he has been to his loving father, but remembering the love, care was enough to lead him home. Ours is to bring them up in the fear of God, to discipline them, rebuke them when they err, but we can not force them to receive christ We all are free moral agents and must serve God on our own volition.
We may stand before a large audience strumming the guitar to their delight, yet we are born again.
we may lead the worship to the streaming down of tears of many, yet we are not born again.
we may know all verses before our sixth birthday and thrill parents in the church, yet we still need to be born again.
There are many in the church today whose talents and presence lift the church yet are not born again; that is why we have an intercessory group, that is why prayers must continue without becoming discouraged.