I used to use the exercise room at my community center, which happened to overlook the swimming pool. To my delight, there would frequently be an infant swimming class going on. I had a lot of fun watching the parents bob their babies up and down, seeing each infant’s reaction as they were splashed, dipped, and floated about.
As I observed the class each day, I was struck by how careful each parent was to protect his or her child, providing safety and security as well as teaching them the basics about water.
But imagine if one parent were to let go. The result could be disastrous.
In Ephesians 4:14, Paul compares some believers to infants, being “tossed back and forth by the waves.” In the verses before and after, he speaks of how the body of Christ needs to be built up and needs to be unified. In order to prevent us from being “blown here and there by every wind of teaching,” Paul is essentially saying that we need each other.
Just as each of those babies in that swimming class needed their parents’ support and love, we, too, need mature believers in our lives. We need their wisdom, their encouragement, and their correction. If we are out on our own, we could fall into some very dangerous waters.
Each of us has a part to play in the body of Christ. Let’s not try to go it alone. If we do, we will miss out on the opportunity to grow more like Jesus.
Thank you, God, for giving us other believers who will challenge us and help us grow. Help us to lay down our pride and recognize how much we need each other. Amen.
Go Deeper — Are you connected with other mature believers? If not, maybe it’s time for you to take the next step in your faith journey. Join a small group at your church, or approach someone you look up to in the faith to be your mentor. And if you’re not currently part of a church, here’s why it’s so important.
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