I read a sermon today, and it really made an impression on my. It is called "Hell’s Best Kept Secret), and gave a compelling reasoning behind why over 80% of people who made a decision to commit to Jesus seem to fall away. It talked about how they do it expecting the wrong things.
To briefly state an analogy used in this sermon, it discussed two men on a plane who were given parachutes. One was told to put on the parachute because it would improve the quality of his flight–he decided to give it a try, and after the discomfort and burden of wearing it, and after other passengers lauged at and ridiculed him, he took it off. The second passenger was told that he would have to jump out of the plane, and the parachute would protect him from the end of the flight–he did just that, and despite the discomfort, and despite others laughing at him, he was glad to keep it on because he knew what was to come. Basically, too many people are being lead to Christ by hopes for a better life, rather than by looking to death (the “jumping from the plane”) and what we are saved from afterwards. When people commit to Christ because of the latter, they are more likely to endure.
It was given by an evangelical, but I believe it has a powerful message for all who struggle with following Christ–and leading others to Him–in this fallen world.
Here is the link–you can read it, watch it, or listen to it.
Blessings to all!