Summary: This one is about leaving spiritual infancy behind.
November 12, 2006
Dakota Community Church
Bye, Bye Baby!
Leaving spiritual infancy behind.
At some point in time each of us must make the decision to stop coming to church to be fed and to instead come prepared to feed others.
It was he [Jesus] who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
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. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
The popular commercial encourages us to; “Never stop, with the milk.”
But as believers we need to:
1. Add meat.
Growth is optional in spiritual matters. This is not something that happens with the passing of time! “Never stop, with the spiritual growth.”
Hebrews 5: 11-14
In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.
Think about the stages of life.
They are totally helpless, - They are cute, - They can say and do anything, - Every need is looked after (Instant Prayer answers).
(b.) Infant or childhood.
They start to learn the basics, - They feed themselves with help, - They potty train (Clean own messes), - Tie shoes and other basic necessities. Still at risk if unwatched.
(c.) The teen years.
They gradually become responsible for themselves, - They get a job, find a purpose, - They begin to earn authority like driving the car; they start to make small contributions to the family, pay board.
They take on responsibility for others, - they reproduce.
In this stage you cannot expect to be treated like you were in the younger stages.
My Dad no longer gets excited when I tie my shoes, it is just expected behavior.
Have you noticed that no one gets excited when you attend Church regularly, if you miss a service there is no great concern – You are an adult Christian – it is like tying your shoes, just expected behavior.
2. Eliminate the middle man.
Who is primarily responsible for feeding you spiritually?
If there is someone between you and God, that guy has got to go.
You need to learn to load your own gun!
Are you planting a garden of your own?
People fail to progress in their walks with God when they depend on sources other than Him for their fulfillment in life.
A husband or wife can not satisfy all your needs.