There is a very interesting tension in Scripture between being “like a child” and being “childish” in our thinking. Child-like humility is how we are to receive the principles of the kingdom of God into our hearts and lives. Jesus made this point clear; “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it” (Luke 18:17). That should arrest our attention.
As the Church grew in the early days of the New Testament, conditions emerged in some churches that showed dangerous immaturity. These conditions fostered division and immorality. Paul reminds the Corinthians of what changed his life; “When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.” (1 Corinthians 13:11).
Because of the way they were behaving in the church, Paul admonishes them in the next chapter;
“Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature” (14:20). As an infant without desires or experience with evil, evil (sin) should be immediately rejected. But it takes maturity to “distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:14).
Part of discipling is helping others mature in their walk with the Lord so they are not carried away by false teaching, fads and worldly trends. This kind of maturity wants to develop in yourself and in others a love for the simple truth of Scripture that is timeless and applies in any culture. That is our desire in ministering to you through this blog and ministry. I trust you will grow with us!
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