One of the greatest blessings in life is to have a little baby born into the family. It is very small, it cannot stand, nor can it walk. The moment it is born it immediately takes the love of its parents into its tiny hands.
They have just received this priceless gift from God, and immediately they would do anything in their power to protect its safety and help it get established in its new life. The fact that the babe does not possess the faculties of an adult is not a problem. Its parents are willing to wait patiently, and they rejoice in each sign of growth and advancement.
One of the greatest blessings of the Christian life is to welcome a “newborn babe” in Christ [1 Peter 2:2] into the family of God. Peter refers to new believers as just that: newborn babes. As spiritual babes they are not adults. They need continual help and encouragement to grow in grace and in the knowledge of their newfound Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Some, however, who have been saved many years, expect a new convert to be just like them. If the young child of God does not walk and talk just as they do, they are quick to denounce and reproach him. They forget the limitations of their own spiritual youth and become a discouragement to the new life in Christ. Paul tells us, “We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak” [Romans 15:1]. Let us lookout for the tender babe in Christ today and encourage him or her with tender loving care to grow in the Lord. Resolve to be an encourager and not a discourager to God’s children.
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby” [1 Peter 2:2].