Sometimes all you can do is a double-take when they respond with don’t say me ‘dat! So, welcome to more of Dear Christian.
Straight out of our children’s lexicon of ‘the art and practice of becoming an independent toddler’, it came out as plain as day. There was no mistaking what they had just said; thus, the parental double-take.
We don’t hear that phrase out of them anymore, but it doesn’t mean it isn’t alive and well in our society. Meaning, anywhere and everywhere people live, move, and do-be-do-be-do.
For every just sayin’ these days, there’s a corresponding don’t say me ‘dat. Professing Christian or not, we can still spout and pout like toddlers when the wrong button gets pushed. Attitude knows no age limitations.
To be fair, there are a multitude of instances when such a pushback is warranted. It’s what we do, think, or fume about afterwards that pulls the covers back to reveal how adult we really are.
While the messages from this laptop pulpit are partially for my own note to self, it may sound like I’m preaching to the choir. Just sayin’.
And everybody said…
don’t say me ‘dat
This recollection then and now makes me think of newborns and Jesus’ disciples. Let me explain:
When a baby is born, they arrive as somewhat of a blank slate; a helpless blank slate. They cannot care for themselves. They are unable to articulate what they want except through the avenue of assorted cries. An attentive parent or caregiver grows accustomed to those nuanced cries and attempts to meet the need. Trial and error is part of the learning curve for both parent and baby (with a lot of eye to eye contact, cuddles, and baby talk…and not just on the part of the baby, amiright? ). Ideally, a method of healthy communication is built and trust follows. Growing commences, in spurts or daily infinitesimal ways you don’t notice until some time’s passed. Next thing you know, they’re two and telling you don’t say me ‘dat.
When a disciple of Jesus is born, it’s not so different because now they are a spiritual newborn. In deference to the apostle Paul, who already preached it so clearly that even a babe can understand:
I Corinthians 3 – The Voice (VOICE)
3 My brothers and sisters, I cannot address you as people who walk by the Spirit; I have to speak to you as people who tend to think in merely human terms, as spiritual infants in the Anointed One. 2 I nursed you with milk, as a mother would feed her baby, because you were not, and still are not, developed enough to digest complex spiritual food. 3 And here’s why: you are still living in the flesh, not in the Spirit. How do I know? Are you fighting with one another? Are you comparing yourselves to others and becoming consumed with jealousy? Then it sounds like you are living in the flesh, no different from the rest who live by the standards of this rebellious and broken world. 4 If one of you is saying, “I am with Paul,” and the other says, “I am with Apollos,” aren’t you like everybody else? 5 So who is Apollos really? Or Paul for that matter? We are only servants, agents who led you to faith, and the Lord commissioned each of us to do a particular job.
Paul’s test for spiritual immaturity: Do you argue? Do you compare yourself to others?
Are you jealous? Answer “yes” to any of these, then you are spiritually immature. (Voice)
6 My job was to plant the seed, and Apollos was called to water it. Any growth comes from God, 7 so the ones who water and plant have nothing to brag about. God, who causes the growth, is the only One who matters. 8 The one who plants is no greater than the one who waters; both will be rewarded based on their work. 9 We are gardeners and field workers laboring with God. You are the vineyard, the garden, the house where God dwells. 10 Like a skilled architect and master builder, I laid a foundation based upon God’s grace given to me. Now others will come along to build on the foundation. Each serves in a different way and is to build upon it with great care. 11 There is, in fact, only one foundation, and no one can lay any foundation other than Jesus the Anointed. 12 As others build on the foundation (whether with gold, silver, gemstones, wood, hay, or straw), 13 the quality of each person’s work will be revealed in time as it is tested by fire. 14 If a man’s work stands the test of fire, he will be rewarded. 15 If a man’s work is consumed by the fire, his reward will be lost but he will be spared, rescued from the fire. 16 Don’t you understand that together you form a temple to the living God and His Spirit lives among you? 17 If someone comes along to corrupt, vandalize, and destroy the temple of God, you can be sure that God will see to it that he meets destruction because the temple of God is sacred. You, together, are His temple.
18 Don’t let anyone deceive himself. If any one of you thinks he is wise in matters pertaining to this world, he is going to be really disappointed. In fact, one must be deemed a fool by worldly standards in order to become truly wise 19 because the wisdom of this rebellious and broken world looks like foolishness when put next to God. So it stands in Scripture, “He catches the wise in their deceitful plotting.” 20 And the Scriptures add, “The Lord knows the highest thoughts of the wise, and they are worthless.” 21 So there is no reason for anyone to boast in human leaders. You already have it all. 22 So whether it is Paul, Apollos, Cephas, the world, life or death, the present or the future—it all belongs to you. 23 You belong to the Anointed One, and the Anointed One belongs to God.
Let’s share a moment of silence while we catch our breath and remember what belongs to us, Who we belong to, and to Whom He belongs. The trinity of points on how to swaddle a baby so they may grow up.
“…until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God
and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
That brings such sweet peace. Knowin’ He’s growin’ us up, friends. It’s what He’s up to these days, dear Christian.
Whaddaya say about ‘dat?
~ Gracefully Free
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