No prolonged infancies among us, please. We’ll not tolerate babes in the woods, small children who are an easy mark for impostors. God wants us to grow up, to know the whole truth and tell it in love—like Christ in everything. We take our lead from Christ, who is the source of everything we do. He keeps us in step with each other. His very breath and blood flow through us, nourishing us so that we will grow up healthy in God, robust in love.
Ephesians 4:15-16 (MSG)
After the fall of Communism in Romania, there were many infant orphans left behind and housed in huge orphanages. Although their basic needs were met (food, shelter, clothing), there wasn’t enough staff to snuggle or play with the babies. Many of them may have been many months, even years old, but they still looked and acted like infants. They didn’t have family or friends to teach them new things or encourage their growth. These children had what doctors called, “Failure To Thrive” syndrome.
Our Christian walk can be the same. Once we make the decision to follow Jesus, we cannot be left on our own. We need family and friends to come alongside us to teach us and encourage growth in our relationship with God.
Who are you walking through life with? Do they support and encourage your walk? Pray for you? Hold you accountable? Seek out relationships that motivate you to be all that God has called you to be! Although the enemy may want you to have “Failure To Thrive” syndrome, God wants you to grow up spiritually!