Immature Christians-Part Three, Get Off the Diapers
We want to remind you that when we are speaking about immature Christians we are not talking about those who have just become Christians. It is obvious that they will be immature. We are talking about individuals who have been Christians for years, but act as if they are still baby Christians.
After a baby is taken off the bottle, they are potty trained. They are taught to not mess all over. It is time for immature Christians to stop strewing their mess all over. We are talking about Christians who walk around with a great amount of emotional baggage. They start to have an odor. It gets old.
Wearing Messy Diapers
It as if some individuals are wearing diapers that say, ‘I am a victim’ instead of saying I am victor in Christ. ‘Life is not fair’, guess what it isn’t. ‘The world is against me’-guess what, it is. ‘Everybody else is to blame’. These immature Christians spew their stuff wherever they go. They are going around sharing their war stories how they have been hurt. We all have been hurt by others. Guess what? Our war story many times is not so unique. And if we are honest, much of the hurt we have experienced is because of our sinful actions and behavior in response to what others may have done to us. We need to take ownership for our own choices.
How many of us have this war story?
Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes.  Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep.  I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren;  I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.2 Corinthians 11:24-27
What did Apostle Paul do with all this? He just kept preaching the gospel and being obedient to Jesus. He did not give a long list of who specifically hurt him. He did not hold grudges.
As a minister and counselor, I have listened to many war stories. I will continue to listen to people’s stories. They need someone to hear their story. But I will also remind them it is time to let go of the pain and hurts. They need to let Jesus heal the wounds. They need to forgive others and themselves.
Some people seem to be addicted to sharing their baggage. Little babies sometimes will play with their feces. We see it as funny when they are a baby. It is perverted as an adult.
It is time for individuals to stop displaying their wounds and scars. It is time to receive inner healing. It is time to take the diapers off and leave them at the cross.
Our next nuggets on this topic is Get off the Training Wheels.
If you have been a Christian for years, maybe it is time to ask yourself if you are truly born again. Isn’t it time to walk In His Steps? f you are not a Christian, how about learning about the Plan of Salvation. God has a plan for you to not only have eternal life, but to have an abundant life.
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