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BEING WITH THE HEAVENLY FATHER -
......DEVOTIONS FOR LAMBS.
No. 142
From Wendy Howard [Editor of Despatch magazine], Sunshine Coast, Qld, Australia.
Access Online  http://www.despatch.cth.com.au/Main/tabco_main

Getting to know God together.

THE NEW BABY.
Jenny and David had been noticing that Mum was getting awfully fat lately. She seemed to be sick as well, every morning she would vomit! It made them worry a bit, but they pretended to not notice these things. “I liked Mum better when she was nice and slim, “ Jenny said to David, “She is starting to wear those kind of full blouses that fat people wear. Yet she isn’t eating more than she was before, and is always sick and losing her food.” Then one day Dad and Mum called a family council, they wanted to talk about something special. David and Jenny sat on the edge of their chairs wondering if they had done something wrong. It’s funny how we always get guilty consciences at special talk times, isn’t it?

But they hadn’t done anything wrong, not this time. “It’s time to let you in on the secret,” Dad said proudly. “Your mother is having a baby, and it will be born in about  five months time.”  It was quite a shock, but both children were very excited after they got over the surprise of it all. After all, David was thirteen and Jenny was eleven, so a new baby was a massive shock at first. From then on they fussed over Mum and made sure she got plenty of rest - and stuff like that. Jenny was a bit ashamed because she had thought Mum didn’t look nice in her clothes any more. “I reckon you look the nicest I have ever seen you look, “she said, giving her a hug one day when poor Mum plopped in a chair like a big ball of misery. She did look lovely too, “glowing” grandma said happily.

Then the baby was born, and life changed so much. He was a boy, and named Martin after Dad’s father. They had their slim Mum back, and a baby in the house that needed so much attention, it was unreal! The baby had mother’s milk at first, then he had cereal as well. Later on he had vegetables from small jars. Martin smeared those over his face, his high-chair, and his clothes - and spat them at Jenny and David! Then the baby ate crusts and pieces of fruit and meat broth. He kept on growing and growing. As he grew, his food changed, and he became stronger and bigger.

Christian believers start off as baby Christians, did you know that? Our food is the Bible, and the way we grow for the Lord is to read His Word and obey it. We grow quickly if we read the Bible every day, and ask God to give us instructions from it. We don’t want to stay baby Christians, any more than Martin would want to stay a baby for the rest of his life. Some Christians do stay babies, the Bible says they can’t eat meat from the Word, they can only drink milk. They stay that way because they neglect their food. They don’t  “feed” on God’s Word as they should.

“ For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which [be] the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.  For every one that useth milk [is] unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, [even] those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.” (Hebrews 5:12-14).
I hope you will grow quickly in the Lord and know His Word well. You don’t want to be a baby Christian in ten years time, when you should be eating the “strong meat” of God’s wonderful Scriptures.

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