Somebody Loves You - June 19, 2018

TUESDAY June 19, 2018

Put Away Childish Things

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. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
1 Corinthians 13:11-12

Paul gave the Corinthians an eternal perspective; in heaven they would see the full meaning of everything. Even though he spoke with great understanding, they never corrected their problems. So Paul would come to set the record straight. The Corinthians were carnal, and many would not grow to know the Lord intimately, as God intended. Paul wanted them to develop and mature. He wanted them to know spiritual things, so they would not remain immature––as baby Christians for the rest of their lives. 

The Holy Spirit was speaking to the Corinthians, but the reason they did not grow was because they did not have the desire to learn and study. It takes hard labor to study and read the books of the Bible. This is why they struggled with their flesh all the time. Paul had told them: for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?

Think of the Church today and how many Christians remain in infancy. They do not go forward into maturity. There are so many that do not know how to go through the ABC’s of Scripture to mature in the things of God.  Spiritually speaking, they are not eating meat––they are still on milk. They are like the Corinthians who Paul exhorted: 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 (1 Corinthians 3:2).  

As a Christian, are you moving forward by faith into maturity or being carnal; are you remaining in immaturity?

God would have us not merely ‘take a stand’, he would have us walk. Too many have taken a stand and are still standing; for years they
have made no progress.
~Vance Havner~

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