Extended Infancy

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Ephesians 4:13-14 (NIV)
13Until 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.
14Then 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.

In this chapter of Ephesians, Paul goes on to talk about how important it is for us to be united with our Father and also of equal importance is the need to actually know the Father and to have the same kind of faith as demonstrated by Jesus Christ His Son, Who was made the ultimate and perfect sacrifice for our sakes. One of the things that Paul mentions in this chapter is how learning all these things causes us to grow up and grow out of infancy so that we are able to discern for ourselves God’s will and His purpose, and of course in doing so, we will be rooted in our Cornerstone and be unshakeable when it comes to false teachings and fake doctrines.

Of course, for all of us Christians, there may be some of us who have already been a believer since ten or twenty years ago and again, there may be another group of us who, praise God, just became a believer and have been faithfully attending church for a couple of months now. It is common knowledge to all that no matter how old a Christian we are, all of us have definitely gone through our own stages of infancy where we began studying the Word for the first time, or the time where we first learned how to speak with God on a regular basis, and really, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. The problem arises when this period or stage of infancy becomes abnormally extended, where after such a long time being a believer, you find yourself stagnated in your walk with God, that you aren’t able to trust God for all the troubles and worries that cloud your life.

Maybe the problem lies with the fact that you are totally satisfied with your mediocre life right now, or maybe you just don’t see why you should invest so much of your life trying to build a relationship with God after all the hurts and problems you have been or are going through. However many ‘maybes’ there may be, I feel that many people are stuck at this stage because they see the many reasons why they shouldn’t discipline themselves and make an effort to get into a more intimate relationship with God instead of the one reason why they chose to become a believer in the first place. You see, delving into a relationship is more than just finding comfort in God, it is also the main avenue that He uses to speak to you and mold you so that you may become stronger to face what is cut out for you in this life. It is the way God teaches you His truths that will transform your life from the inside out and bring growth. It is a growth that the world, no matter how hard it tries, cannot take away from you.

Friends, all these can only come about when we make the conscious decision to train instead of try. We train not because we want people to see we are well versed in all the various disciplines of the Christian faith, we train because we want to work out our salvation and be more like Jesus, we train because we know that we will be made stronger no matter how hard the storms of life hit and of course, we will end up winning in the end. So if you ever feel stagnant with God, press on hard and follow through with God, there can be many reasons why you should just give up but all you need is one to keep on going.

Let’s pray.

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that You have called me to be One with You. I thank You that You do not see where I’ve been or how my past was like, I thank You that You have wiped it all clean and I am able to start on a clean slate with You. Even on this day, Lord, I pray that I will not live by sight but I will live by faith, trusting in You because You are my comfort, You are my peacekeeper, my joy-giver but most importantly, Father, You are my life-changer. Even as I learn to discipline myself and step out into the things You have called me to be, I know that You would be the One to guide me and see me through all things. Thank you for Your grace and mercy, may it flow right from me unto everyone around me as well, that they may experience Your love and be saved. In Jesus’ Most Mighty Name I pray, Amen.

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