It’s Time To Grow Up!

Brothers and sisters, do not be children in your thinking; rather, be infants in evil, but in thinking be adults. 1Corinthians 14:20 NRSVMP900178824[1]

In the last few years studies have been done to determine how we can tell that people have reached adulthood. What research has discovered is that no one can agree on what it means to be an adult. There are lots of differing opinions, but no real consensus.

Part of the problem is that there are so many ways to measure maturity. We can consider a person’s age and level of physical development. We can consider someone’s accomplishments and contributions. But the Apostle Paul wants us to know that maturity starts in the mind.

His words remind me of a time when I couldn’t wait for my children to grow up. I figured that once they were mature they would start seeing things my way. Of course that’s not exactly how it worked out. Thankfully, they grew up learning to think for themselves. They went beyond childish ways of thinking and became mature adults.

A mature faith isn’t just one that’s endured the changing seasons of life. Age alone does not necessarily coincide with a mature faith. What Paul realized is that maturity comes from learning to take control of our thoughts. When we go from following every fanciful thought and idea that pops into our heads, to a deliberate and systematic focus on the truth of God’s word, we have started to become spiritual adults. When we make the conscious decision to feed daily on the food of truth, we are no longer children in our thinking. We are coming into spiritual maturity.

MP900402619[1] Paul also wants us to remember that maturity means knowing what to focus on, and what to turn away from. Maintaining our innocence by leaving evil behind is another important piece of spiritual maturity.

So let’s strive to be fully grown. Let’s guard our minds and direct our thoughts by Scripture’s truths. Let’s be adults in the Kingdom of God!

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