Tuesday, October 19, 2010

It's time to put the bib up!

Can you imagine what it would be like if babies never grew, but just stayed babies?
Life as we know it would be very strange. As we drove down the highway, we would look over and see a little one driving their big wheel down the road with their baby bonnet on. In the break room at work, fellow employees would be drinking a baby bottle instead of a coca cola. At McDonald's, there would be no big Macs or jumbo size fries ... only Gerber selections, such as peaches or sweet potatoes or applesauce!

That would be crazy, wouldn't it? You would seriously be concerned about your baby if it did not grow. And so would everyone else around you ... they would wonder what was wrong with your baby, why isn't it growing?

If this is true physically, why then do we not seem as concerned with our spiritual growth?

Some Christians who have served the Lord for many years are still doing the same things they did years ago. The signs of their infancy are still intact. Instead of growing up and moving onto to "Big girl/boy" things, they are still nursing on spiritual milk. Milk, for the Christian, is learning about the basics of Christianity. (Who God is, What He has done for us)

A healthy, growing infant will not be satisfied with just drinking milk.
 Eventually, it becomes not satisfying, not enough to keep them full. A growing Christian needs to move past the milk and begin to chew on some meat. The milk will only satisfy for awhile, it is the meat of the Word that will allow us to grow up alittle bit. We need to have something to chew on, not just swallow, we need the deeper truths of God's Word.

"Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil." –Hebrews 5:13-14

Physically, our bodies eventually stop growing. But Spiritually, growth is never ending until we are called to our eternal home. There will always be something to learn from God's Word which in turn will give us new ways to trust Him. When we delve into His deeper truths, we no longer need the pacifier.

If we are still doing the same spiritual things we did a year ago, it may be time for us to grow up alittle bit! I'm ready to put the bib away, how about you?

1 comment:

Denise said...

Amen, the bib needs to go.