Sermon Preview for January 29 2017

 

The Problem with Babies…!

Our twin grandsons were born here in Bloomington. During the time there were in our home, I conducted a rather non-scientific (and very much unauthorized) study of these little ones and noted several things about baby personalities: I discovered,

  • Babies are very lazy. They do nothing but lie around the house all day, and contributed absolutely nothing to the household except to make a lot of excitement for everyone. And
  • Babies are rude. They would burp right in your face and never apologize. These guys were utterly unconcerned about another's reaction or personal welfare.
  • They were also highly uncooperative, oftentimes waking us up in the middle of the night to have various demands met that could well have waited for morning. (And I might add, never at the same time, of course)

But there was one thing about them that kept me intensely interested. My careful observation revealed that from the beginning, they seemed to know who their favorite Grandpa was!

In the Bible, the Apostle John talks about “spiritual” babies… "I write to you, children, because you know the Father." (1 John 2:13) Isn’t that amazing? Baby believers begin with a special, childlike understanding of who God is.

You know, there was one thing I did not say about our delightful baby boys.  I did not say, "Look at them! How rude, uncooperative, lazy! If that's what a human being is, I don't want to be one." No, I realized that all they needed was time and growth. They needed to have their human life properly developed and trained. I knew that as they grew they would gradually move into maturity. And that is what John is after here.

You see, there must be a beginning in the Christian life, but keep in mind, it is only a beginning, it is not an ending. We are intended to move forward, to go on, to "grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ," as Peter said 2 Peter 3:18.

The Apostle Paul said, "Him (Christ) we proclaim, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man mature in Christ," (Colossians 1:28).

You see, maturity is what Jesus is after for all His children and this Sunday, I will show you from God’s Word how to get in on it!  Hope to see you there!