Getting Stuck on Spiritual Infancy
“Come, be my disciple,’ Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.” (Matthew 9:9 NLT)
Ramblings from Connor’s dad – I can’t help but think what we would be like intellectually, if we went to school exactly like we go to church. Once a week, for 20 minutes of singing and then a 45 minute lecture (that we are never tested on).
As one friend would say, “we’d all be dumber than a bag of rocks!” Yet that is what many do when it comes to our faith. We have a moment in our life when we feel the Holy Spirit beckoning us to come, and accept the gift of salvation through Jesus and the blood He shed for our sins. Then we seem to want to check that off, and say “ok, got that out of the way, now I need to go on about life”.
Sadly, those of us who do that, spiritually, stay “dumber than a bag of rocks”. What’s worse, we tell people we are Christians and then, ignorantly mislead them. Imagine being the unchurched neighbor, that see’s them leaving for church on Sunday (for their 45 minute lecture, that they listen to, while checking their friends FB posts!) Then the immature Christian, has opportunity after opportunity with said neighbor, and drop’s the ball miserably because they are still an infant.
Imagine the mistakes we make as we attempt to grow in Christ, and then multiply that by 100, and that is what kind of Christian the world seems to see the most.
Whenever I read Romans 12:1 it always convicts me to strive to grow in Christ by Paul telling me “I beseech you therefore brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, and acceptable to God, which is your REASONABLE service.” He was telling the Romans, and us, that Jesus died a horrible death for our sins, so living a sacrificial life for God is only reasonable service.
In other words God doesn’t want us laying around like a bag of rocks. We are told in Luke 10:27 that He wants us to love Him with all our heart, all our soul, all our strength…and all our mind!
But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head — Christ. (Ephesians 4:15)