This weekend we got stop and visit my nephew and his wife… and their new baby. What a cutie! My kids- my son especially- were enthralled with her. And with good reason.
Babies are miracles. We celebrate them. We shower them with gifts. We mark each milestone as they grow. But did you ever wonder why we don't do that with baby believers?
We rejoice when someone is born again, but most times, by next week's church service, we expect them to act like fully matured seminary-ready "adult" believers. Granted, the individual has a lot of responsibility for his or her own growth, but so do we as their family.
Do we feed them well when they are hungry?
Do we love on them, and comfort them?
Do we pick them up when they fall?
Do we make sure they rest?
Do we let them "help" even when it means we'll do more work?
Do we watch them for any signs of illness, and get them to see the Great Physician?
Do we see to it they get their vaccinations to protect them from getting sick later?
It's labor intensive, but I suspect someone (probably not the same someone) did all those things for us to get us where we are.
Do you think we often leave new believers to grow themselves up? Who has the greater responsibility for growth- the new believer or the body?