We want to remind you that when we are speaking about immature Christians we are not talking about those who have just become Christians. It is obvious that they will be immature. We are talking about individuals who have been Christians for years, but act as if they are still bay Christians.
After a baby is taken off the bottle, they are potty trained. They are taught to not mess all over.
It is time for immature Christians to stop strewing their ‘mess’ all over. We are talking about Christians who walk around with a great amount of emotional baggage. They start to have an odor. It gets old.
Wearing Messy Diapers
It as if some individuals are wearing diapers that say, “I am a victim”, “life is not fair”, “the world is against me”, “everybody else is to blame”. These immature Christians ‘spew’ their stuff wherever they go. They are going around sharing their “war stories” how they have been hurt. We all have been hurt by others. Guess what? Our war story is not so unique. And if we are honest, much of the hurt we have experienced is because of our sinful actions and behavior, not others wrongdoing.
2 Cor. 11:24-2
Five times I received from the Jews thirty-nine lashes.  Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, a night and a day I have spent in the deep.  I have been on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my countrymen, dangers from the Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers on the sea, dangers among false brethren;  I have been in labor and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and thirst, often without food, in cold and exposure.
What did Apostle Paul do with all this? He just kept preaching the gospel and being obedient to Jesus. He did not give a long list of who specifically hurt him. He did not hold grudges.
As a minister and counselor, I have listened to many war stories. I will continue to listen to people’s stories. They need someone to hear their story. But I will also remind them it is time to let go of the pain and hurts. They need to let Jesus heal the wounds. They need to forgive others and themselves.
Some people seem to be addicted to sharing their baggage. Little babies sometimes will play with their feces. We see it as funny when they are a baby. It is perverted as an adult.
It is time for individuals to stop displaying their wounds and scars. It is time to receive inner healing. It is time to take the diapers off and leave them at the cross.
In our next nugget we are going to talk about “Getting off the Training Wheels”.
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