“Stop Being a Baby!”

The apostles tend to write to the churches with tenderness and affection. So when they scold their readers, we ought to pay attention. There is usually something at stake that applies to us. Twice the New Testament authors scold God’s people for stilling being babies in the faith, for not growing up in Christ.

It can be very discouraging for a parent when their child, as he or she grows older, still acts immature. We can almost hear our parents saying, “Stop being a baby! Grow up!”

We all need to be reminded of this exhortation from time to time. The path to spiritual maturity is a long one, a lifelong one, and we all need to be intentional about making progress.

Paul says to the Christians at Corinth, “But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as…infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready.”

The author of Hebrews, describing his readers as children, says, “You have become dull of hearing. For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles …. You need milk, not solid food.”

Let’s examine ourselves and see if these descriptions apply to us. Remember we are called not only to believe in Jesus, but also to grow up in him. To use some of the phrases of the New Testament, we are to “work out” our salvation, “press on toward the goal,” “be transformed by the renewing of our minds,” and “grow up in every way” into Christ.

Let’s respond to the biblical writers and stop being babies in the faith. Dig deeper into God’s Word, put it into practice, and the Holy Spirit will surely help you.

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