I laid on the floor beside Olive as she made attempts to climb me. Just then, she moved away and began to crawl faster than I had ever seen her crawl in the direction of an attractive object. I called Irewamiri in excitement. I wanted her to see Olive crawling with ease and speed.

At that point, the Holy Spirit ministered to my heart saying, “A child must give his father something to rejoice over”.

One thing that brings rejoicing is growth. Growth brings rejoicing. Stunted growth raises concerns. The writer of Hebrews spoke about this concern:

“For you should already be professors instructing others by now; but instead, you need to be taught from the beginning the basics of God’s prophetic oracles! You’re like children still needing milk and not yet ready to digest solid food.” Hebrews 5:12 TPT

Paul had a great concern for the Corinthian church also: “But for right now, friends, I’m completely frustrated by your unspiritual dealings with each other and with God. You’re acting like infants in relation to Christ, capable of nothing much more than nursing at the breast. Well, then, I’ll nurse you since you don’t seem capable of anything more.” 1 Cor. 3:1,2

He went ahead to share some qualities of a baby that has refused to grow:

First, they grab for what makes them feel good or makes them look important. If you are still a slave to your feelings, you are a concern to the Father.

Second, a baby is content only when everything’s going his or her way. If it is not going as you planned, what is your reaction? Do you just burst out in anger? If you would not take the lead, are you content to play a support role? Must things always go your own way?

Do you ever give God a reason to rejoice over the decisions you make or you are making? Are you still fighting for feeding bottle when you are meant to be speaking with others?

Do you still jump from church to church with the idea of “God is everywhere”?

Do you still choose spending on a party way above giving to kingdom projects?

Do you beat the traffic to get to work but sleep extra and get late to church? Is your church attendance limited to Sundays alone? The early apostles did not grow behaving that way. They met daily. Two days a week is not a lot for a start.

Do you get annoyed because you felt Pastor should have called you since you did not come to church?

Do you still allow your challenges to show on your face? Your mood is led by your circumstances or by what Christ has accomplished.

Do you still argue about ten-per cent giving when God is asking for all of you?

Wait! When last did you share the gospel and win a soul? Do you pass the test of character? Can you hold a conversation that heals a wound rather than keeping malice?

When you are called to accountability, would you give God something to rejoice over in your life?

At the baptism of Jesus, the Father said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased”. Of David, it was said of the Father, “I have found David, the son of Jesse. He is a man after my heart. He will do all that I command him to do”.

What is the testimony of the Father about you? Do you give heaven a reason to rejoice? Or you are simply one of those that heaven looks down at and says, “I will not strive with man forever” and then abandons you to your stubborn plan of stunted growth?

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