This was just a fun devotional for my birthday.
“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I understood [things] like a child, reasoned like a child; but now that I have become a man, I have made useless the childish things.” 1Corinthians 13:11
The Master teaches us that unless we “turn around and become as children” we will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 18:3) So why does Paul exhort us to finish with “childish things”? The answer is simple: Yeshua is teaching us about being humble and innocent—Paul is teaching us about maturity.
Paul teaches us the plain, natural truth: when we were children, we spoke like, reasoned like and understood things from a child’s perspective. Children do not have full-grown faculties for vocabulary, nuance, expression and other patterns for speech. The little ones, depending on their age, cannot even properly pronounce simple words of the language. Children at varying ages cannot put together complex thoughts or understand difficult things. As children, the things we fought about seemed extremely important to us—but now that we are grown, our point of view has changed, and the issues of taking baths and going to bed early no longer seem quite as objectionable as they used to.
As adults, we have a choice. We can choose to continue to act like children, or to behave as the adults we truly are. Even in the best case scenario—putting aside things like tantrums, impatience, and other negative qualities that some people might see in children—we can continue to act in childish ways. We can be overly dependent on people, need to be overly mothered (or fathered), not take responsibility for our own actions, take advantage of other peoples’ generosity, not make wise decisions for ourselves, and on and on. But Paul shows us the right path to maturity: “I have made useless the childish things.”
This is the way the Lord would have us approach him—as the adults we have now become. We are always children of the Most High, but there is a great difference between being a parent’s grown child and being a kindergartener. When we were children, brand new in the Lord, we spoke like children, understood things like children, and reasoned like children. Now, we are becoming adults in Him, and we need to begin to think about having children of our own. It is time
to be finished with childish things while we remain children at heart….
This comes from http://www.messiahnet.com/. The following blurb appears at the top, which I also find exciting today. (I often skip the top to get to the devotional.)
Beginning the day after Pesach (Passover), for seven days, we eat only Matzah, a memorial of Israel's freedom from slavery. As we recall this event, we may also remember our own redemption from slavery to sin.
During this season, we also begin to count up for 49 days toward Shavu'ot, the 50th day, the Feast of Weeks. During these 7 full weeks, we are reminded of how we grow and mature in Messiah.
These devotionals are based on Scriptures that deal with abstention from sin and flesh (during the week of Matzah) and growth and maturity in Messiah (Omer).
Madeleine L'Engle touched on this topic briefly in A Circle of Quiet, and I intended to write about it but never did. Today seems an appropriate day to reflect on it. Innocence should never be lost. But maturity is always to be gained.