This is what God has given me today in his word:
For you have forgotten the God of your salvation and have not remembered the Rock of your refuge; therefore, though you plant pleasant plants and sow the vine-branch of a stranger, though you make them grow on the day that you plant them, and make them blossom in the morning that you sow, yet the harvest will flee away in a day of grief and incurable pain. (Isa 17:10-11)
I think these verses are mainly talking to counselors and mentors… Why? Look at the part of the verses above – though you make them grow on the day that you plant them, and make them blossom in the morning that you sow, yet the harvest will flee away in a day of grief and incurable pain. – Because, you can play all the soft music and dim the lights all you want; and you’ll get people becoming “Christians”… But the moment something difficult comes Bam! They’re out of here. And why is it you have to play that soft music and dim the lights (to make it emotional)? It’s because when you have to do all that; you aren’t concentrating on making God your vision! Don’t you remember the song “be thou our vision”?
Be Thou my Vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art
Thou my best Thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
Be Thou my Wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.
Notice how it doesn’t say “be thou my soft music and dimmed lights”. Notice how it also doesn’t say “be thou my God who works on the emotions of people trying to get them to become Christians”… It’s true you will get “converts” when you do that… – and make them blossom in the morning that you sow – But they don’t stay Christians for long. Again I ask why don’t they stay Christians for long? Because they are emotional Christians! … You’ve played on their emotions and more or less forced them through their emotions to become Christians. But the moment something (anything) bad happens in their life, can you guess what happens? Bam! They’re gone. In fact not only are they gone, but they’re out right fleeing from you! – yet the harvest will flee away in a day of grief and incurable pain. – So if you are a pastor, mentor, or counselor of any sort. Please don’t fall into the trap of forgetting God and therefore leading everyone you talk to astray! It usually doesn’t turn out good for anyone.
You are loved!