Not until I had my first job did I realize that some adults never grow up. I witnessed many forms of self-absorption, envy, hate, and just plain meanness (from older co-workers). I didn’t experience this drama in high school or college, so it was a shock to my personal feelings. Once I adjusted my attitude accordingly, I was alright. It took “growing up” mentally and emotionally to deal with life in the real world. Having a relationship with God, my Heavenly Father, helped me adjust well. I knew that God loved me, created me and has given me a purpose. I chose to find my identity through God’s eyes, not the eyes of peers.
Just as babies, we learn to crawl before walk and we drink milk before solid food, there’s a process to growing. Being a Christian has a similar process, and being a new employee has a process. We start by getting the job or getting saved. We go to work/church and learn how it works. We learn the program/Bible, the language, the schedule and our responsibilities. As Christians, we do have responsibilities. One important one is to keep growing up- don’t stay a baby being hand-fed every Sunday. Hebrews 5:11-14 explains this problem has always been, “We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. 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! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil”.
We are living in difficult, grown-up days and we need to mature in Christ and be serious about our responsibilities. The Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20) “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age”.