When we confessed our sins and asked God to forgive us and save us, He did. With that one decision, we received Jesus Christ as our Personal Lord-and-Savior. At that very moment, God put within us a new nature and implanted His Holy Spirit in us, to Guide and Encourage us to live a ‘Christ-Centered Life’.
Once someone receives Christ as Lord and Savior, they can either continue to feed their old nature, or they can begin feeding their new nature… the choice is always ours. A new Christian is somewhat like a newborn; they’re new to the world and need to be handled carefully. In the case of a new Christian, they should be feeding on the ‘Milk of God’s Word’. GOD doesn’t expect a new believer to change from their old ways immediately, but He does expect us to begin changing from our old man to the new man that He has designed for our new life-in-Christ. He understands that each of us will progress at different rates, so He is patient with to a point. Eventually, the goal is to become more like Christ each day that we live on Earth… that’s part of the process of Sanctification. So, we need to be careful; too much solid food to quickly, will upset a young child’s stomach. In the same manner, pushing too much information on a new Christian will certainly confuse them. If that should happen, we risk derailing the forward motion and progress of a new Christian’s mind and heart. It takes time for a new believer to develop a relationship with the Creator of the Universe, His Son Jesus, and God’s Holy Spirit.
Now some new Christians will continue to live by their old nature; retaining the same undesirable habits and doing the same things as they did in the past. They continue to visit the same questionable places; spending time with many of the same people they knew before they came to Christ. Unfortunately, many of these folks will inevitably fall by the wayside and back into their old lifestyle, having accomplished little in Christ; (they are like the seed that fell on the rocky ground). They are like newborns or toddlers that need nurturing from someone that is more mature in-Christ.
God is counting on us, to teach and encourage these young Christians to get on the right track and stay there… until they reach a level of spiritual maturity when they finally have a firm grasp of living a ‘Christ-Centered Life’. So, whatever you do, be careful when God gives you the opportunity to mentor a new believer. Help to guide and direct these youngsters in-Christ; including to pray for their success in their newfound faith.