"When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things." - I Corinthians 13:11

It was one of the first cartoon movies that I watched as a child.  Peter Pan has become a classic children's movie and is adored by kids and parents alike, around the world.  Its timeless, universal appeal has delighted viewers for generations.  Heck, it's even got a brand of peanut butter named after it! ;-)

Peter Pan is the story of a little boy who doesn't want to grow up.  He convinces a few of his mates to follow him to "Never Land" - a place where you "never" have to grow up, thus remaining a child forever.  Peter Pan and the "Lost Boys," the group of kids in Never Land, desire to be able to spend their time doing kid stuff......playing games and doing things their own way.

Now, Peter Pan is a cute story.  Like I said, it has brought laughter and enjoyment to kids of all ages for many years.  As cute as Peter Pan is as a children's story, it is no laughing matter when believers in Christ Jesus live in a "Spiritual Never Land."

I call them "Peter Pan Christians."

You know the type...those that don't want to grow up.  They're the gossipers and backbiters, those that like to stir up trouble and cause discord.  Yep.  These "Peter Pan Christians" are the ones who don't have a single thing to say about how to reach the lost for Christ, but they'll argue 'til they're blue in the face over what color the carpet should be in the new sanctuary.  They don't want to "grow up" in Christ.

Know what I mean?

They watch filthy movies that curse the Lord's name and are filled with graphic nudity on Saturday nights, and then say their "Amens" a few hours later in Sunday School.  Something isn't right here, my friends.  These Peter Pan Christians tell their dirty jokes and let a few curse words slip out here and there, without giving it a second thought.  They would rather read the newspaper than the Bible, they'd rather talk about the weather than the Lord, and they rather be at the Lake than in the House of God.

They just don't want to grow up.

The only time they pray is when they have a need or they feel guilty because the preacher told them they ought to pray each day.  They give their leftovers to God, not just their leftover money, but also their leftover time.  Peter Pan Christians are self-centered, always wanting things their own way.  Those living in a "Spiritual Never Land" are quick to point out the flaws and imperfections in others (behind their backs, of course!), but they'd march you off to the gallows if you mentioned something they were doing wrong.

Isn't it about time Christians stop playing games?  Living for Jesus is too important to be acting like kids.  It's time to grow up!

The Lord needs Soldiers.  He needs those who are real, those who are committed to Him.  The lost and dying and headed for hell souls are watching.  They just need something to believe in.

Are our lives going to tell them the Greatest Story Ever Told?  Or, the story of Peter Pan?

What about it Christian?  Are you living for Jesus, or living in Never Land?

Have a "Wonderful DAY in Christ,"
Jimmy D. Brown
\o/ Praise Jesus!