“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.” John 21:18
Jesus said unto him feed my sheep, and the above verse shows us how. First, know that the sheep is always ready to be fed. It is the labourers that are few but the harvest truly is great. People are ready, and willing to change. It’s us now left to change, to match the new believers’ motivation level. “…there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him” (Matthew 17:14-16).
Jesus said unto him, “Feed my sheep!” What that means is, form an alliance with the new believer, assess their impediments to change, motivate them by setting achievable goals. Whatever you do for them, these tasks must be accomplished in collaboration with them – to increase their knowledge of God!
“….but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.” John 21:18
The point here is, change, throw away selfishness; refocus, every effort should be on nothing else but the new sheep that we lose none of them. The focus is on shepherding; goal setting, applying lessons, increasing their understanding, and reinforcing their progress in the Lord, and maintaining the brotherhood, and reinforcing the new believer’s goals and faith.
Anyway, I know I gave you a mouthful but let me finish by saying, follow-up on the new sheep. Don’t lose heart.