when spiritual infancy is the status quo

Posted: March 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

“If you’re trying to follow Christ and you’re not in the Word…well, you’re screwed.”  I heard that last Sunday in church, and it cinched the picture that had been forming in my head on this subject.

Here’s the analogy that came to me:

If you’re claiming Christ but not pursuing Him by spending time in the Bible and by shaping your thoughts and your life around what you read there, you’re like an infant in all and only the unpleasant things about being an infant.

Your needs are the only thing you know.  “Give me” is your cry.

You squall and scream and demand what you need, and expect it to be brought to you.

You have little to no understanding of or control over your own situations.

You create discomfort and inconvenience in others around you in your quest for having what you want, exactly when you want it.

You shit on yourself and others, and others have to deal with cleanup.

You can’t feed yourself or bring yourself other comfort.

You lose control of emotions, spinning into wails of rage, requiring others to somehow fix it or retreat until you’ve cried it out.

You can’t get yourself from here to there, even if “there” is only a foot away.

Happily, most actual infants are usually also fun – they’re not only these difficult facets.

That’s not always so, for those who claim Christ but don’t get in the Word, don’t let it reshape their thoughts and actions, don’t follow Him in any measurable way.

The good news is that even when we’ve been an overgrown infant in the faith for a long time, that doesn’t have to be the final story.  One of my favorite truths from scripture is that His mercies are new every morning.

Today can be the new beginning.  Today can be a step out of infancy.  Every single today can.

For the infants among us – may today be that new beginning for you.

  1. Cindy Maynard says:


  2. Cindy Maynard says:

    A thought that came into my head…….an infant’s mother is generally the one who can calm him/her. God, our Father, can calm us, his children. We need to climb into his lap and receive the soothing calmness of his voice through his Word.

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