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Mature Thinking
Anonymous - March 14, 2014
Devotional

Mature Thinking 1 Corinthians 13:11, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” I love kids, they're great. I’m currently pretending to be scared by my two year old as he continually roars at me. You see, the first time he roared I acted like I was scared, and that’s when the game began! Now, there is no hiding, no sneaking up, no pouncing or violent grabbing. Just a repetitious roaring in my face, waiting for a reaction. I remember some of my thought process from when I was a boy; I was pretty much self serving, and I would usually would get hung up on really simple, silly stuff that would frustrate me to the point of tears! I can imagine I would say to my little self, “Really Tim? It’s a juice box, life will go on.” Now that I’m older, or, “all grown up” as I would like to think of it. Those things don’t really mean that much to me. I don’t cry after not getting something I really want, I’ve put aside that process of thinking. This is what Paul is talking about in Chapter 13:11. In essence, during our time here on earth we are growing up. No one ever attains, no one ever gets to a place where they are fully grown spiritually. Ever. It’s not possible. It’s like a 10 year old trying to reason about things pertaining to life with an 80 year old. We reach full maturity when we leave this world and actually get to see the fruit of our faith. When we get to meet God, face to face, and experience the fullness of who He is. In the way you look back at your childhood and laugh at the way you thought, or the things you thought were important as a child, those who are in heaven with the Lord do the same thing, even more! When I was a boy I couldn’t wait to get older and be grown up. And I still feel that way, but now it’s spiritually; as Christians grow, a sign of maturity is a detachment toward the things of this world. We shouldn’t cry or throw temper tantrums when the world gives us something we don’t like. Grow up, put those childish things behind you and get the right perspective. Want to find out more about what it means to have a personal relationship with God? You can read more about God’s Plan of Redemption or contact the ministry team with any questions.