Lessons from a Baby Cardinal

I think this year is the first time that I have seen a baby cardinal. We have had one this July that has learned to fly already.  She would swoop up to the bird feeder like a pro, then just sit there and say, “Chip, chip, chip.”

For those of you who are bird watchers, you know that this is not the cardinal’s adult song.

So, we have this bird who doesn’t yet have his adult plumage but has learned to fly, who apparently doesn’t even know how to feed himself yet, and who does not yet have his song.

And that made me think,

“I wonder how many Christians are there like that?”

They may know how to get around in Christian circles. They may even go to church often.

  • But they have not yet matured enough to feed themselves on the Word of God.
  • They have not yet gotten so close to Jesus that His beauty shines through them.
  • They do not yet have their new song, a song of joy from the Lord and to the Lord.

For a new Christian, this is normal.

  • Just as babies need to be fed and taken care of, so baby Christians need to be nurtured and cared for in their new Christian walks.
  • Just as babies learn to sit, crawl, stand, and walk, so baby Christians must grow and make progress toward maturity over a period of time.
  • And just as babies make a mess when they first learn how to feed themselves, so baby Christians will not immediately be able to figure out the meaning of Scripture without a little guidance from more mature believers.

But just as babies grow up and mature, so should we as Christians grow up and mature in the Lord.

The apostle Peter admonishes the believers:

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk (of the word), so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.” 1 Peter 2:2 NIV

Babies are always hungry…

This week I am honored to be the guest of Debbie Kitterman at her linkup, Tune In Thursday.  In order to finish reading this post on her website, please click on this link:

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2 thoughts on “Lessons from a Baby Cardinal

  1. Hi Ruth,

    I love the imagery of the baby cardinal and our hunger for relationship with Christ. It was so good to be back here this week! Thank you so much for sharing hope with us at #MomentsofHope!
    Blessings and smiles,

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