François Fénelon (1651-1715), wrote,
“New Christians give up their worst sins and break fewer laws than they once did, but they are still attached to the world. Instead of judging themselves by the gospel, they merely compare themselves with their former lives. If today is better than yesterday, they think this is enough to make them saints. If they can tell you the time and place of their salvation, they probably see nothing remaining to be done. Such people have a long way to go.”
When only the gospel of salvation is shared with such lines as, “If you died tonight do you know if you would go to heaven?” or “Accept Jesus right now and everything will be OK forever,” (who came up with these lines anyway?) there is a strong tendency to “merely compare ourselves with our former life.” Of course, the initial confession of Christ is necessary, but then the new believer must be introduced to the gospel of the Kingdom. It is this rule and reign of the Father that takes us into the deeper water, the meat and the purposes of God.
“Your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.” Jesus