Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Grow Like a Baby

In less than 3 weeks, my son will be 1 year old.  Already I have started the nostalgic review of his life thus far.  I won't share all of my thoughts with you now, but it has been so amazing to witness the growth and development of a little person.
My baby when he was born (probably the morning after actually)

Sure the months I was pregnant were interesting, and every week I would text my husband with the update from my Baby Center app on what vegetable or fruit our son was the size of this week.  Though in reality this gave me no basis of measurement, because I didn't know what half the plants actually looked like in real life- what size is a kumquat or rutabaga anyway?

So my favorite time has been actually seeing and holding my son.  He used to snuggle under my chin and his feet barely reached my belly button after he was first born and now, well now his knees have to bend just to be able to lay his head on my shoulder.  And I've also witnessed the small amounts of milk he drank increase to larger amounts, then on to rice cereal and baby food, and now to solid foods that he can pick up with his hands.
And I have witnessed his growth in understanding and figuring things out as well. My husband and I TRY not to play the comparison game with others' kids (even though we fail miserably at times and question our parenting and son's development) we really don't know what is "normal" in terms of development but we are pleased with the progression we have seen our son make. It's truly been a big transition in only a year's worth of time.
My son eating Rice Cereal for the first time at 6 months old (Oct 2013).

In our spiritual lives we start as babies, too.  The writer of Hebrews (most likely Paul) compares the Christian walk to that of children starting with milk then growing and eating solid food, "For everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil." Hebrews 5:13-14  We see that our Spiritual walks are to progress and grow like the life of a baby.  We start by drinking milk- and not just any milk but the "pure spiritual milk" (1 Peter 2:2) that only comes from mature believers and pastors who are feeding us the pure word of God.  They aren't watering it down, they are giving it to you straight.  And you find this in a Bible believing church which is why it is SO IMPORTANT to be in church! Because as others "feed" you, they also come along side you and teach you how to feed yourself.  And then you are moving on to more solid foods - which are deeper biblical truths. And as you continue studying your Bible and meeting with others you continue to grow in your spiritual maturity.  Eventually, you are able to eat the sweet "meat" of the Bible ;-) but you don't "cut your teeth" on the steak, for the same reason that I don't give steak to my 11 month old- he isn't ready for it yet! But as his Papa keeps telling him, once he gets some more teeth, Papa will give him some steak! 

The life of a believer is a progression.  I didn't expect my son to begin feeding himself after he was 1 month old, and you can't expect to be a mature and seasoned believer able to "go it alone" outside of church and still receive the nourishment that you need.  Even if you feel that you have moved on to solid food, a strong biblical church has pastors and teachers who can cut the tougher pieces into ones that are easier to understand.  And church also gives you the opportunity to serve which is an important part of being a Christian as well, but that's a topic for another post. ;-)

So are you growing in your faith or are you stagnant?  We need to be maturing in our faith. (See 1 Corinthians 3.)

Are you seeking out mature believers who can feed you and teach you?

If you are a mature believer, are you helping others learn how to feed themselves?

My last warning is to beware of pride. Easily it can enter your heart telling your that you already know all you need to know and no one can teach you anything new.  It tells you that you don't need to go to church because "Me and Jesus are good- he knows I love him."  Well, if you love him, why wouldn't you want to know all you could about him?

Let us not be people who think that one "salvation experience" is enough to form an actual relationship with our Lord and Savior because if we don't have a heart change and a desire to know him more, we may have just had an experience and not actual salvation.

Love in Christ,


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