Verse of the Day: “Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?” ~ 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 (NIV)
I love babies! Those sweet angelic faces. The way their tiny hands grasps your finger. Their toothless grins and giggles. Just thinking about them melts my heart like a bowl of ice cream in July.
But while babies are so adorable and precious, any one who’s had the privilege of being a parent, baby sitter, or even a sibling to one, knows that they are also demanding little boogers!
They want to be held. They want to be fed. They want their diaper changed. They want to play longer. They want the toy that the other child has. They want to go to Grandma’s. They don’t want to put clothes on. They want to play in the dog’s water. They don’t want to take a bath. They don’t want to eat. They want to be carried. They want to walk by themselves. They don’t want to take a nap.
Does it matter to them that you only have thirty minutes to get the shopping done before you have to pick up their brother from school? No. They want what they want when they want it, how they want it, and they are going to let you know it! Usually by screaming at the top of their lungs.
In a baby’s world, it’s ALL about them.
Jesus said in order to enter the kingdom of Heaven we must all be born again. We become like new babies. Our faith is innocent and new. But someone has to take care of us. We don’t know what to do.We don’t understand the things we read. We need someone to feed us. We fall down when we are learning to walk. Just like the infants we were when we were born to our mothers. But are we supposed to stay in our infancy state?
Just as babies grow, we too, are supposed to grow as we learn more about the true nature of Jesus. The things we want aren’t as important as the things others may need. Just as we learned to obey our parents, we learn to obey God. When God tells us to do something, we don’t question His will or reason. We do it. We don’t sit on our pew and pout or lie on the floor kicking and screaming because we’d rather watch American Idol.
So what does a mature Christian look like?
We are to be givers, not takers. We are to forgive willingly – just as Christ forgave us. We should consider others more than ourselves. Our ultimate goal is to be Christlike. To be obedient, kind, and faithful. To be love. Because that’s what Jesus was. That’s what He is.
Does He expect this maturity to happen overnight? Of course not. But He does expect it to happen.
After all, would you send babies into battle? Neither would He.
Search Your Heart
Are you growing and maturing spiritually? Or are you still teetering around, wobbly and uncertain? Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I get upset over the smallest things? Am I easily offended?
- Is it always “my way or the highway?”
- Am I more concerned with my own wants or needs than those of others?
- Am I still battling the same issues that I was battling when I first became a Christian?
- Are there areas I have grown in? What are they?
- What areas of my life still need work?
- Do I seek understanding and wisdom from God or do I seek other people’s opinions first?
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for allowing me time to grow. Thank you for being patient with me as I mature in my walk with You. Please help me to put away childish and worldly ways and desires. Help me to focus on Your will and not my own. Shape me and mold me into Your likeness, Lord. In Jesus’ Precious name I pray. Amen.