God is good, you guys.
Words can’t begin to describe how much better my life has gotten since I accepted the Lord into my heart, and decided to intentionally live for Him. I still don’t fully grasp what that means, and I don’t know that I ever will, and I that’s ok The mystery of Christ is huge, and I don’t think we’re meant to completely understand.
I have recently gotten to a point where I can own and embrace where I am in my walk with Christ. Two of the most important people in my life are strong in their beliefs and are actively pursuing a relationship with the Lord. To be honest, they are the reason I came to really know the Lord. While it’s incredible to have these people to support me and to look to for guidance, it can also be quite intimidating. They know so much and seem to be so confident about their beliefs and their relationship with the Lord. They both serve as inspiring examples of what it means to be a Christian in today’s world. They constantly share the Lord’s love and light in their words and actions, and I am so grateful to know them and to live in their light. They are both also pretty open about their faith and never hesitate to chat about things, which is great, except for the whole intimidation factor.
I finally broke down and told one of them about this a while ago, and she lovingly called me a baby Christian. At first, I wasn’t sure how to take it. I knew it wasn’t a bad thing, but I really struggled to identify with it. I embraced it for that night, and asked some of the “baby Christian questions” I had been struggling with. For example, do my baptism credits transfer? What about the Lord’s Supper? Do I have to adhere to a specific denomination? What does it take to “officially” become a Christian? You guys, I felt so silly asking those questions as a 20-something. Isn’t that stuff I should know? Thankfully, my friend embraced me with love and answered my questions and engaged in conversation as best she could.
I took ownership of my walk with Christ, and spent a lot of time on Google and pouring into His word and praying for discernment. It was working out pretty well for me. I love the Lord with all that I am, and am committed to knowing Him more and more everyday. I am excited about pursuing my relationship with Him. I continued to have conversations about God’s goodness and what it means to be a Christian, but I never fully grasped on to my identity as a baby Christian.
You have been believers so long that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food.
This verse came up at church, and I had the opportunity to talk about it with someone after the service. Being a baby Christian isn’t a bad thing, and I’ve always known that. What I didn’t realize, however, is how much of a gift it is to be a baby Christian. I’m coming into my faith on my own. I’m pursuing God in the way that makes the most sense for my relationship with Him. Everything is new and inspiring and beautiful.
This conversation after church helped me realize my identity as a baby Christian can also be a gift to those around me. As I’m learning the basic things about God’s word, others are forced to think about things that may have become habit or second nature. I get to ask questions and have conversations about things people haven’t intentionally thought about in a long time. This gives them the opportunity to evaluate their faith and possibly become even more active and intentional in their pursuit of the Lord.
So, here I am, owning my status as a baby Christian. I need support on my walk with Christ. I need you to pray for me, and to pray with me. Show me what it means to have faith on fire. Share in conversation with the Lord with me. Tell me about His word. Share your favorite verses and stories with me. Share the context and meaning of those verses with me. Tell me what the Lord is doing in your life. Do you see Him in me? Share that with me too. Are you struggling with something? Please, share that with me too. Be open when I try to talk about my path. You guys, I’m so excited to be discovering my faith and getting to know the Lord. Sometimes I just want to gush about how incredible He really is. Hear me and gush with me!
I could continue to gush now, but I’ll refrain and simply say again, God is good.
May God give you more and more grace and peace as you grow in your knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord.
2 Peter 1:2