Confession versus Commitment

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them inthe name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20

We’ve all seen people who respond to the invitation at the end of the sermon, cry at the altar, then leave the church to return back to the life they led before. Some do this out of ignorance and others out of disregard. However, ultimately, this describes the religious experience of many who receive Christ at our altars.

The problem is that many times we, as mature Christians, fail to understand the difference between confession and commitment.

Confession describes that important moment where someone says in public that Christ is their Lord. It is that moment when they repeat the “Sinner’s prayer” and open up to spiritual matters.

Understand, however, that Jesus is not asking us to make people confess, he is asking us to make disciples! We are commanded to take people beyond confession into a full commitment to follow Him wherever he may lead them.

Imagine giving birth to a baby then abandoning that newborn child to the world. In much the same way that an infant is unable to take care of themselves, new Christians must be nurtured into maturity.

In sum, our evangelism efforts are incomplete until we lead people from confession into passionate prayer, worship, obedience, and ministry! For parents, this includes teaching your children. For church leaders, this includes helping your pastor by modeling ethical, biblical Christianity.

Have you ever led someone to maturity in Christ? If not, there is too much at stake not to start now!