Sunday, October 24, 2010

If the Shoe Fits

Matthew (18 months) had fun with his baby brother Caleb (2 months) today.  He tried sharing his yogurt covered raisins.  Which I quickly fished out of the baby’s mouth.  He also tried to put his shoes on his brother’s feet.  And while he struggled less than when he tries to put them on his own feet, they were a bit big.  
You see what Matthew doesn’t understand is that Caleb is smaller than him and can’t do everything he does.  He likes yogurt covered raisins so he thinks Caleb will to.  He likes to play with cars and dinosaurs, so he thinks Caleb will to.  And Caleb will, when he’s older.  But for now the shoes don’t fit.  
And it’s the same in the body of Christ.  Some are babies.  Some are children.  And some are parents.  Who are you?  Are you a baby?  Still needing milk?  Are you a child?  Not understanding why others aren’t at your level?  Or are you a parent?   Mediating and helping the babies and children to grow?  Regardless of your size there is a shoe to fit.  Are you wearing the right size?  What about those around you?  Are you expecting a baby to wear a toddler’s shoes?
I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it.  Indeed, you are still not ready.
1 Corinthians 3:2
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
1 Peter 2:2-3


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