PUT AWAY CHILDISH THINGS

 WISDOM FOR LIVING DEVOTIONAL

OCTOBER 28, 2020

TOPIC: PUT AWAY CHILDISH THINGS

BY T. O. BANSO

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things” (1 Corinthians 13:11 New King James Version).

There are things you do when you’re of a certain age that people won’t bother about because they’re considered normal. But when you should have outgrown a certain behavior and you still manifest it, it gives people serious concern. This is true, both in physical and spiritual growth.

Childish things are good for children, not for adults! Toys are for children, not for adults!  Being a child of God doesn’t mean continuing to be childish. The apostle Paul says, “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things” (1 Corinthians 13:11 New King James Version). Grow up.

Another translation renders the verse thus: “When I was a child, I made use of a child’s language, I had a child’s feelings and a child’s thoughts: now that I am a man, I have put away the things of a child” (Bible in Basic English).

The apostle Peter says in 1 Peter 2:2, “You must crave pure spiritual milk so that you can grow into the fullness of your salvation. Cry out for this nourishment as a baby cries for milk” (New Living Translation).

However, taking spiritual milk is not forever. God expects you to take spiritual milk only for a season. You must grow up spiritually; you can’t depend on milk forever – there is solid food you need to eat. That was the problem with the Corinthian church, and many Christians are guilty of this today. They have been born again for years but they’re still taking the milk; they cannot take solid food.

The apostle Paul puts it this way: “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? For when one says, ‘I am of Paul,’ and another, ‘I am of Apollos,’ are you not carnal?” (1 Corinthians 3:1-4 New King James Version).

Carnality, manifesting in sectarianism, is a mark of childishness. It is proof that someone is not growing spiritually. Those who are growing don’t engage in divisiveness, schism, or factionalism. No church leader or minister died to save anyone; Jesus did. “Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come — all are yours. And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s” (1 Corinthians 3:21-23 New King James Version).

Don’t let your loyalty to a minister or church membership results in acrimony with others. Receive all genuine servants of God as gifts. Ephesians 4:8 says that when He (Jesus) ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men.

Verses 11-13 say, “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,  till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (New King James Version).

Paul continues, “that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,  but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head — Christ —  from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love” (verses 14-16 New King James Version).

Put away childish things. The writer of Hebrews says, “You have been Christians a long time now, and you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things a beginner must learn about the Scriptures. You are like babies who drink only milk and cannot eat solid food. And a person who is living on milk isn’t very far along in the Christian life and doesn’t know much about doing what is right” (Hebrews 5:12-13 New Living Translation).

How do we know those who are spiritually mature with regard to solid food? Verse 12 of Hebrews 5 says, “Solid food is for those who are mature, who have trained themselves to recognize the difference between right and wrong and then do what is right” (New Living Translation).

Solid food or strong meat refers to the deeper teachings of the Bible, hard truths, which someone studies, listens to, and acts upon. The life of a mature believer is shaped by the Word of God and he is able to do what is right. In contrast, an immature believer, living on milk, doesn’t know much about doing what is right (verse 13).

Solid food goes beyond the basic things a beginner must learn about the Scriptures or the first principles of the oracles of God (verse 12). A child of God must go forward in his spiritual knowledge.

Be childlike in your faith but don’t be childish. There is a difference between being childish and being childlike. 1 Corinthians 14:20 says, “Dear brothers and sisters, don’t be childish in your understanding of these things. Be innocent as babies when it comes to evil, but be mature and wise in understanding matters of this kind” (New Living Translation).

According to Psalm 116:6, “The LORD protects those of childlike faith” (New Living Translation). In Matthew 11:25, Jesus thanked the Father for hiding the truth from those who think themselves so wise and clever, and for revealing it to the childlike. Luke 10:21 says a similar thing. Whereas childlikeness is a positive spiritual attribute for a child of God to possess, childishness is not complimentary and should be done away with. It’s a mark of immaturity.

Quit childishness, grow up! There are Bible teachings that only mature Christians can receive; immature Christians will reject them or disagree (Philippians 3:15a). God expects you to be mature in your understanding (Hebrews 6:1). Are you mature? Are you getting mature?

Paul told the Corinthians that he spoke wisdom to those who were mature but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world (1Corinthians 2:6). That means there were those who were immature.

Your openness to the ministry gifts will help you to fully grow in the LORD so that you’ll no longer be like children, forever changing your mind about what you believe because someone has told you something different or because someone has cleverly lied to you and made the lie sound like the truth (Ephesians 4:11-13). However, that’s not a substitute for personal study of the Word of God and fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

Paul says the heir, as long as he is a child, doesn’t differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all (Galatians 4:1). Until he’s mature, that child can’t take possession of the inheritance that rightly belongs to him.

Grow up to possess all that God has for you. You can’t afford to continue to hold on to childish things. Put an end to childish behavior in your relationship with God, your spouse, fellow Christians, and non-Christians, in your vocation, finances, etc. Put away childish things.

TAKE ACTION!

If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The LORD be with you.

PRAYER POINTS: Father, deliver me from childish things. Holy Spirit, help me to quit speaking, understanding, thinking, and behaving like a child. Help me to grow up to become a man spiritually. I receive a spiritual appetite not for milk alone but for solid food. I shall grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants me to be.

This is wisdom for living, and it’s worth sharing. Please share.

(For over 300 in-depth and powerful messages by T.O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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