1 Corinthians 13:11 (AMP)
11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.
This week we are looking at spiritual maturity and yesterday we said that everyone comes into the body of Christ as an infant but we are expected to grow. As an infant is fed on milk, they begin to grow and they become a child. Unlike an infant who is fully dependent on the parent for everything, the child is able to do some things for themselves. They are able to communicate and express themselves but their reasoning is still immature because they are a child.
Paul says when I was a child I talked like a child. One of the ways to know a child is by the way they talk which is governed by the way they think and reason. You can tell that their reasoning is still shallow and mostly they are thinking about themselves. I believe one of the reasons Jesus when He was just 12 was able to have a conversation with the teachers of the law, a conversation that baffled them was because He was not reasoning like a child though physically He was only a teen, He had great knowledge and insight of the scriptures.
Children wait to be told what to do, they don’t necessarily take responsibility. Also given the choice, children will eat junk food every day of the week because they do not realize the health implications it will have on them, they are consumed with the here and now and delayed gratification is not a thing they grasp.
When it comes to your spiritual diet, what are you filling your plate with? Is it spiritual junk food or is it solid food which will help develop you and cause you to grow. Some today come to the house of God looking for entertainment, something fun, something to make them laugh and jump around. When you give them solid spiritual food they complain that the service is boring because they are still children and they want junk food.
As you grow, so does you thinking and understanding. With understanding and insight then the way you respond begins to change. Responsible is two words put together. Respond and able. A responsible person is one who is able to respond to instruction and also to the needs they see around them. When they do that then we say they are so mature.
Are you growing?
Are you maturing?
How able are you when it comes to responding to instruction and the need you see around you?