Fat Babies

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Jim and Dina were in their late 40s and committed to never having children. Jim admitted, “We don’t want children. We’re too needy to ever take care of anyone but each other.”

Some church people act like fat babies, infants who never mature. They are needy and want someone to hold their hand, feed them, shake a rattle when they cry, and clean up their messy diapers. They search for others to meet their needs so they don’t have to grow up, take care of themselves, and begin caring for others. Rather than growing in maturity, they are as Amy Grant sang, Fat Babies.

There comes a time when God’s people – if they are God’s people – grow up. Christ gifted His Church with leaders to feed His people unto spiritual maturity (Ephesians 4:11, 14-15). These leaders aren’t babysitters hired for an evening to coddle or entertain. Their God-given responsibility is to teach God’s Word so that God’s children grow up spiritually, evidenced by their ministry to each other (Ephesians 4:12).

Are you a fat little baby or are you born again and growing up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ (Ephesians 4:15)?


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