We're told in chapter 5 of Hebrews that some in the church are still infants, even though they should be full grown by now. There are babies in our churches, who should be enjoying a nice steak, who are instead sucking milk out of a bottle every week. We're talking about men and women who have been believers for quite some time, who have never advanced beyond the basics. Let's take a look at what these babies look like. What's the problem with staying a baby Christian?
1. Babies like to be handled - and we like to handle babies. Babies who are handled a lot don't like to be set down. They don't like to be left alone. Babies need to be nurtured, cared for, and watched constantly. Babies will go wherever you go, and do whatever you do. The Bible address this as a problem in Ephesians 4:14. It says
"Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming."
Baby Christians are easy to toss back and forth, like a small ship on the open seas. They will believe whatever the wind blows their way. They are easily drawn to things that may sound right, but are devised by men and women who are being deceitful in their scheming.
Don't be a baby! Don't settle for milk! The best way to start growing is to get your Bible and start reading. Get into a group of genuine believers who are seeking the truth. Find a good Bible teaching church and get involved. Don't allow the world to conform you, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds.
(to be continued)