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  • Writer's pictureDavid and Marilynn Chadwick

Davidisms - Are You Still Playing in the Kiddie Pool?

Picture this for a moment. You are sitting by a pool on a hot summer day. You look over to your right and see a grown man playing in the kiddie pool by himself. This man is splashing around with a plastic inflatable dolphin and arm floats. He then lies on his belly in 3 inches of water and begins to kick his feet. He could be fully submerged in the adult pool that is a few yards away, but chooses the kiddie pool. What would you think? I know if I saw this, I would certainly find it to be weird and might even call the police. Let me ask you another question. Do you think this man is an example of maturity? I would say no. Hebrews 5:13 gives a strong warning to those who profess Christ, saying that if we are still drinking milk, we are like children, unskilled in the word of righteousness. Adults don’t drink breast milk. As babies mature, they progress to eating solid foods. Hebrews 5:14 goes on to say that “solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil.” Maturity and discernment walk hand in hand. Solid food is for those who are strong, grounded, and firm in their faith. Take a moment and be honest with your own Christian discipleship development. Are you still drinking milk in the faith? Do you think it’s time to eat meat? Are you still playing in the kiddie pool of faith? Do you think it’s time to grow up? Dive into the deep end and learn how to swim in God’s great pool of grace. The vast, deep waters can be intimidating, but when you learn how to swim in them, you will find freedom. Hear the Father’s heart for you today. It’s time to grow up. It’s time to become a mature follower of Jesus. One that represents the bride of Christ with confidence, courage, and conviction. One that knows your identity in Jesus and lives it out. Dear friend, it is time for the church to be the church. Let’s jump in the deep end and watch what God does!

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