Thursday, May 17, 2012

Day 5

As Sindy had her first discipleship meeting, the wheels in my head began to turn... These are newly born Christians. As a baby they require the 'milk of the Word' (1 Peter 2:2, 1 Corinthians 3:1-2). As with physical babies, we don't have to teach them how to drink the milk. It should be a natural tendency. I remember when my kids were born, God gave them the innate knowledge that they needed to drink milk, and they already knew how to drink. Sending them to a how-to milk-drinking conference wasn't necessary. Seeing this trait in a newborn Christian is evidence that their newly found faith is genuine. As is the case with Sindy's disciples, they're hungry, and looking for some milk. Wouldn't it be odd for a physical baby to be born, and not have a desire to drink milk? God's plan for a newborn Christian is to grow, hence the analogy to a physical baby. How will they grow if nobody gives them milk. I recall my own salvation. I remember that desire for the milk. For someone to teach me something that would facilitate my spiritual growth. I didn't want to be a baby. I wanted to be spiritually mature like some of the leaders around me: Clip Suddeth, Van Ferguson, Al and Tom Goss. It was there, at Mile Straight Baptist Church, that I received the milk necessary to grow. Albeit, as a result of my own disobedience, the growth was slow for the first 7 years.

So, that leads me to ponder a surreal question: What about Christians that have been saved for many years, but are still babies? Let me be clear, the question isn't meant to judge the sincerity of their faith. That is between them and the Lord. The many answers to the question is a solemn assesement of how we, as the church, are doing in the area of discipleship. Think about the current condition, and what you (I) can do about it.....

Update on Spanish classes: the light has been turned on. Four hours of class time, and four hours of homework each day is paying off. I'll try to keep my language updates infrequent and brief, so not to bore you. lol.

1 comment:

  1. It's really amazing to see babes in Christ thirsting for knowledge. It kind of gives you a little something to feed off of too. It's incredible to share their joy.