Thursday, March 1, 2012

Grow up, little baby...

Day 23 of 40

Growing up…
Here’s how it starts.
You’re a baby, totally dependent.
Last night we welcomed a brand new baby girl into my family – my tiny niece came 6 weeks early due to complications with my sister-in-law. Praising God today that new Mummy and tiny 4lb 2oz baby girl (who is yet, un-named) are both doing well. J
This tiny baby girl has a piece of this Auntie’s heart already.
Because she is premature and so small, she is in an incubator with a few things to help her breathe etc… as she is not even fully developed!
This is what we are like when we first become Christians.
Everything is so new in the world that any adventure could happen, though we don’t even realize what all life may hold. We are dependent on people to feed us and help us develop.
As a precious, beautiful newborn we are completely pure without anything weighing us down. We have completely discarded all the waste of our old life in the womb and come into a bright new world of possibility with a very capable God in control.

1 Peter 2:1-3 (NLT)
So get rid of all evil behaviour. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech. 2 Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.

But God doesn’t want us to stay in the newborn stage. He wants to see us grow up and become mature functioning people in the Kingdom.
So often we stay there… hooked up to oxygen to help us breathe… depending on people for nourishment and whining when something is wrong… letting others clean up our gross messes… crying all the time.
This is not God’s idea of a functioning church body.

It’s time to grow up.
As with anything else, we can’t do this on our own.
That’s why God appointed spiritual authority to help us grow up.
But we must let them.
See, the difference is that my beautiful baby niece has no choice but to grow. (in fact, she will have grown a lot without even thinking about it by the time her Auntie Chelle even gets to see her in person!)
But as Christians, we have to make the choice to grow up.
If we just stay dependent on others and crying and whining and pooping our spiritual pants about everything in our lives, we will stay there and eventually become such an annoyance to the rest of our local church.
I mean, think about that for a second. Would you want a baby that always stays a baby?
I have 2 nephews and a niece who are turning 1, 2 and 3 this spring/summer and they are SO much fun!
They are learning so much everyday and Carter – the oldest – is already learning bible stories and understanding that the snake in his “Adam & Eve” story is VERY very bad snake. He also recently learned that commandment #5 (in his 10 commandments story) is obey mommy and daddy! All his parents have to say is “number five”, and Carter will do exactly what they tell him.

See! This is what growing up is all about!
As mature Christians we need to get past the newborn stage and grow up into all the things God has for us.
God wants us to grow up into the person He created us to be like… Jesus.

Larissa & Carter 

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