Most people that read this blog (all three of you) know that I have 5 kids. It is exciting and rewarding, as well as tiring and challenging at times. One of the great things about kids, is that they say some pretty crazy things at times. They will use words that do not make sense in the way they are using them, or they will make up a word to describe something. “Out of the mouths of babes” refers to a truth that a kid will say, and they usually have no idea what they are saying!
This same thing happens in our spiritual lives as well. I have run across many spiritually immature people that will say things that make me want to smack them in the name of Jesus! I know, that is not a very “spiritual” response either. I do not smack them, I just want to! (That is great progress for me!) The statements that are made are an indicator o just how mature they are as Christ followers. Now, before you think I am picking on new Christians that just do not know any better, I just want to let you know that I am not talking about new Christians. They usually are not the ones that make these statements. It is usually people that have been “Christians” for a long time. You see, many years as a Christ follower do not mean maturity. Ok, let me get to a couple of the statements:
- “I am not being fed.” – News flash: It is your job to feed yourself! Come on, you have been a Christ follower for 20 years and you do not know how to pick up the fork (Bible) and eat? All five of my kids needed help to learn how to eat. They had the desire to eat, but they did not have the ability to feed themselves at first. by the time they reached their first birthday, my kids knew how to pick up the food placed in front of them and do something with it! And now they get up and pretty much find their own food and fill themselves up. Many times immature Christians say this, but what they really mean is that the message is not entertaining enough, it does not “tickle” their ears. Other times, there is a spiritual sickness that zaps your appetite. If you are not being fed, is it because of lack of desire? Is it because of sickness? I have never met a mature Christian that has a problem with being fed. They know how to pick up the Word and be fed. That is our responsibility.
- “What does this church have for me.” – As I read the Scriptures, I never once see where the church is to worry about having things for people. I do see that the church is all about putting people together that have gifts to use for the good of the body. In other words, we ought to turn the question around and ask people, “What do you have for our church.” After all, the gifts that are given to each believer are there to edify the church. Having great ministries is not a bad thing, but it is to be a by-product of people serving and using their gifts for the good of the church.
We will continue this tomorrow!