Christian Maturity: Giving Up Childish Ways – 1 Corinthians 13:11

Christian Maturity: Giving Up Childish Ways – 1 Corinthians 13:11

This week, we will explore the topic of Christian maturity: what it looks like and how we can grow up in our faith.

 

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)

 

Reflection:

Christian maturity requires us to give up old patterns and embrace new ones. As we move into maturity, everything changes, our words, actions, and even the ways that we think. But this movement does not happen without our consent; we must choose to give up childish ways to take up the ways of God and embrace the interests of Jesus Christ. The world’s ways are childish; the ways of the kingdom of God are for the mature. We cannot live by both; we must choose to grow up.

 

Prayer:

Heavenly Father, I am ready for the better ways of Christian maturity. Show me what I must surrender and reveal what I must embrace. 

 

Life Application:

If you are restless in your faith or feel that you are not progressing, this typically means that you are ready to move into a deeper and more meaningful relationship with God. God raises us to maturity so that we can participate in His work. Consider whether you have given up your personal interests to take up the interests of God. Surrender your worldly desires, and God will show you the work He wants you to do.