I’m all for people being babies- when they are actually babies! But it isn’t as attractive when big boys act like babies.
I’m all for Christians being immature. But if they are still immature after years of faith we have a problem.
The example I use is the kiddie pool and the high dive. Permit a brief quote from the introduction of my devotional book “Immersed: 40 Days to a Deeper Faith”.
“I still remember my first time jumping off the high dive.
In the summertime I spent a lot of afternoons at the community pool in my small towns. Most of my time was spent in the shallow end, splashing and playing with my bothers and friends. I watched other kids jumping off the diving boards at the deep end of the pool. It seemed fun and exciting, but too scary for me.
As the summer progressed, I thought more and more about what it would be like to overcome my fears and worries and plunge into the deep, blue water of the deep end. I even walked by that area of the pool a few times to calculate the possibilities. The deep water was so inviting, yet I was so frightened to plunge in…”
Okay, you can get the book to read the rest. But suffice it to say that God made us to swim in the deep water of faith.
Shallow Christianity will never fully satisfy because we long for the deeper faith of spiritual growth. We need the meat instead of the milk. We want the diving board instead of the kiddie pool.
Come on in. The water is fine!