“We have a lot to explain about this. But since you have become too lazy to pay attention, explaining it to you is hard. By now you should be teachers. Instead, you still need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word. You need milk, not solid food. All those who live on milk lack the experience to talk about what is right. They are still babies. However, solid food is for mature people, whose minds are trained by practice to know the difference between good and evil”- Heb 5:11-14.GWT
This topic is funny, can some body be a baby and a man at the same time? Hmmm, it appears ridiculous, yes it is! In size and physical development it is impossible to be a baby and a man at the same time, but in character and intellectual disposition, it is possible. A baby is a child while a man is an adult. Thinking about this topic, in my mind’s eye I see a big body with a small head. This talks about a grown up person that thinks and behaves like a child. Have you seen people like that before?
A baby-man in our context refers to a fully grown man, physically matured person (adult), by all appearance looks normal; however once you get to know him, you realise he is big baby trapped in a man’s body. He thinks or behaves like a child due to under or abnormal development of some cells in his body. Biblically speaking, it refers to people who though have been long in Christian Faith and activity, yet are immature and inexperienced. They are unskillful in the word of righteousness, they are unable to discern between true and false doctrine, between the right and wrong spirit. Lack of spiritual growth makes one liable to demonic oppression, it causes instability in faith and makes one a beggar of crumbs, when actually he owns the whole estate- Gal 4;1. False teachers and false prophets can easily toss a spiritual babe to and fro and make a cheap merchandise of him. As a spiritual baby, no one(God or man) can commit to your care precious things, including your glorious inheritance. If you want to become what God want you to be as a Christian, you must grow to maturity.
CHARACTERISTICS OF A BABY-MAN
“Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly-mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?” – 1 Corin 3:1-3 NIV.
Childish behavior is one of the major characteristic of this man, he lacks reasoning and coordinating ability. He does not take responsibility, he passes bulk and gives excuses for every failure. A baby-man depends so much on people, lacks the ability to make wise decision. He is lazy, unproductive, never tries anything. Loves pleasure so much and wastes time a lot. He is carnal, lives in sin willfully, makes a lot of costly mistakes. A baby-man is noticeable wherever he is because of his behavior. “Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!”- Ecc 10:16 KJV.
Ephesians 4:11-14 proffers solution to this problem that has denied people of their colourful destiny in Christ. Look at what it says, ” And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets, and some, evangelists, and some, pastor and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of faith, and of the knowledge of the son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in weight to deceive:” – KJV. The reason why Jesus gave the gift of the five fold ministry to the Church is to guarantee spiritual growth and development.
A baby-man is bound to fail, his life style attracts shame and disgrace. Loss of right and authority, confusion and frustration trails him. Physically there are medical solutions for people having such challenges, however, our focus here is spiritual. There are many things that may cause such problem spiritually : not knowing Jesus as your Lord and personal savior, irrespective of the fact that you have been going to church for a very long time, Lack of dedication and commitment to the things of God, unserious and care-free attitude etc. The first solution is to receive Jesus as your Lord and personal savior, be genuinely born again. Follow Jesus seriously daily, be committed and very dedicated in studying your Bible, in prayers, fasting and meditation. Submit to a godly mentor, as you do, you will grow in grace and in the knowledge of God to become what God wants you to be. “ But grow in grace and knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen”-2Pt 3 :18 NIV.
Examine yourself, are you a baby-man Christian? You repented for years now but you are not useful to God. You can’t even preach the gospel, neither can you disciple converts, you are very shallow in the knowledge of God, fruitless and unproductive in the Kingdom of God? Make a ‘U’ turn, follow the steps highlighted above because an axe is laid on the root of every tree, any one that does not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into fire – Matt 3:10, therefore BEWARE!