Note: This is not a political post at all. Really. When I say right I literally mean to the right in the chart below, not to the political right. We will now resume our daily post.
This isn’t a continuum of behavior from bad to good, though there may be some correlation there. It is purely a representation of how we move closer to God. Some move at a steady pace, some quickly, some slowly and some never make the move or move to the left. The idea is that non-believers may gradually learn more about God as seeds are planted and He works in their lives. At some point the critical jump across the chasm is made and they put their trust in Jesus. But it isn’t over then. Discipleship – learning and growing – is a huge part of the Christian life.
I use this illustration when teaching evangelism to emphasize that as Christians we should always be working to move people to the right, in big ways or small. Sharing the Gospel. Treating people with love and kindness. Giving. Supporting missionaries. Encouraging others. Teaching. Challenging. Planting seeds. Acting with integrity at work (and everywhere else). Being the kind of spouses, parents and children the Bible calls us to be.
Everyone is somewhere on this continuum, so our challenge is to help keep them (and ourselves) moving. Ultimately, God is in control. But He has asked us to be a part of his great plan. How obedient will I be today?