Growing Up In God’s Family

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“Uh-oh, get the wipes, I smell a dirty diaper!”  This is something you hear in a family with babies and toddlers. This is a common occurrence until the toddler goes into a different stage of growth in the child’s life.  

Like a family the goal of the church is to mature disciples. The goal of parents is to help children mature as adults and to see them  through their different stages of growth. The church also is active in teaching young Christians the beliefs, traditions and values of the historical Christian church and seeing them through the stages of growth. This takes a directive approach from the church. This commitment from the church is a life long  process much like parenting.

Traditionally those that attend church  are there for themselves. They are there  to learn more about the Bible or about God. There needs to be a shift from the traditional reasons we go to church to being a family of God.

We all help each other grow as part of the family of God much like  a family. The people sitting next to us in church may be  babes in Christ, or children in Christ, or young adults  in Christ. When we attend church we might see someone struggling that is because they may be new in the Lord. Those who are mature must be responsible and help them grow.

With baby and young Christians you will hear something that you know is not right. That is because they are infants in the faith and need loving guidance. The mature Christian must be there for the others and guide them into the truth. We must speak the truth in love (Eph. 4:14-15)

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

Much of this truth interaction happens before, after the service; where we can encourage one an other. This specifically happens during the week in our home groups.

To see the church from the perspective of it being a family will help us see people through the idea of helping each other mature. For example in a family the baby will not and cannot act like an adult. They need help feeding themselves and the diaper needs to be changed several times daily until the baby grows.

In Church we find that there are new Christians that will do things and talk about things that are not right. It is like a dirty diaper. It needs the loving attention of a caring parent or adult, until it is not necessary any longer.

I like the way that hormonal teenagers approach life. “I can do this my self.” ” I don’t need help.” They feel as though they know what it takes to act like an independent person.  They seem to challenge all of the norms in the family, challenge authority and will fail many times.  The parent can’t give up. I remember going through this stage in my Christian maturity.

These teens need to be reminded of why the church family does the thing it does. Along this maturing process they need to have boundaries reenforced. I remember those days clearly. They think they are right in the every way they approach life. It is during this period of time of the life of the teen that it brings a new perspective to the family. They help the family explore new things and not stagnate.

Once a person matures they are able to discern what is best for them and those around them. They have learned to avoid the things that are harmful and dangerous. They have learned to make good judgement calls and now know how to discern between good and evil. They have learned the family traditions, standards and beliefs and stand on their family identity.  It comes by living the life of a Christian and through the watch of the elders, brothers and sisters. 

Hebrews 5:12 In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! 13 Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. 14 But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.

So this is the goal of the church to build an environment where people can grow up in the Lord, learn to represent and defend the family name of Christian (Christ follower). Next time you attend a church look at your own maturity and know that we are all their to grow up in the Lord.

Over the years I’ve grown in a church environment and am still growing. I look forward to the next stage in my ministry and life as a Christian. I pray you are looking forward to the growth and maturity in  your life. The amazing thing is that you don’t see it happen until it does.

– Pastor Lupe

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