The Diary of a New Convert
Heb. 10:32-36 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated…
Intro: Sometimes it is good to remember. To remember when you first got saved. People change. They forget the joy, the bliss, the excitement. They grow indifferent, they get used to the things that God has provided for them. Here, Paul is encouraging the people of God to “call to remembrance the former days…”
In this passage, we discover that as Christians, we have two options:
- Draw near – vs. 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
- Draw back – vs. 38, 39 …but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
In order to keep from drawing back, it might be good to do some reminiscing. To call to remembrance.
Let’s look at some of the elements of the early days in the lives of the Hebrews after they first got saved.
I. The Conflicts of a New Convert – vs. 32, 33 …ye endured a great fight of afflictions…
With enlightenment comes enemies. With enemies comes the patience to endure.
Remember when you were a new recruit in God’s army, and you were gung-ho??
Today, Christians are becoming experts at being saved and avoiding conflict!
These early Christians didn’t just ruffle a few feathers; they endured a GREAT FIGHT OF AFFLICTION!
- I Peter 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye;
- 33 “…ye were made a gazingstock both by afflictions and reproaches…”
People stared at you when you first got saved. Do they stare at you now?
What do you do now that draws criticism?
What do you say or do now that makes the unsaved world look at you funny?
What does the world criticizes about you now?
When was the last time you can honestly say you experienced afflictions and reproach?
II. The Companions of a New Convert – vs. 33 “…whilst ye became companions of them that were so used…”
When you first got saved, you went from being a persecutor to being the persecuted.
Paul went from being Enemy Number 1 to the most persecuted believer in New Testament church history.
Remember when the preacher that everybody thought was strange didn’t embarrass you?
- 2 Timothy 1:16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:
Remember when people knowing that you went to “that church” didn’t bother you?
Remember when being in the minority didn’t intimidate you?
Remember when identifying with the people of God was an honor?
I want to go on record this morning and say – “This is my crowd!”
What about now? Are you friends with the persecutors or the persecuted?
Befriending disgruntled sheep only causes you more problems.
A sheep that follows after the stray sheep will have babies “outside of the sheepfold.”
Remember when the people of God that were hurting stirred compassion in your heart?
III. The Contribution of a New Convert – vs. 34b “…and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods…”
Remember when the smallest need provoked you to action?
Your contribution was JOYFUL – not one of obligation or regret.
Your contribution was one that “spoiled” YOUR goods, but helped someone else’s!
IV. The Confidence of a New Convert – vs. 34c. …knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and enduring substance.
When you first got saved, the world lost its appeal. You were obsessed with Heaven.
Remember when you thought about Heaven all the time?
Remember when you couldn’t wait to get there?
Remember when your decisions and choices were dictated by a knowledge that this world is not our home?
- 35 “…cast not away therefore your confidence…”
Don’t cast away your boldness and confidence; it’s nothing to be ashamed of
Confidence in your witnessing.
Confidence in your worship. (remember how you got excited as a new convert?)
Remember when being saved and going to heaven was something to get excited about??
You didn’t know much, but you knew you weren’t going to Hell!
- 35, 36 “…which hath great recompense of reward.”
You are compensated AFTER you have had patience.
You are compensated AFTER you have paid attention to the will of God.
Conclusion: Verse 39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.