Someone once said to me that I was childish because I ‘wouldn’t leave her boyfriend alone’. That upset me so much because I was not in any way harassing him. I just wanted him to confess to his lies and to answer my questions so that I can finally have closure.
Looking back, it was quite childish lol. Why would I get so caught up in something someone did to me, magnify it so much and lose focus? Because it is exactly what children do. When you take something from a child, they cry and become so upset because it was “theirs” and all they can think about is them.
Children are selfish because they have not thoroughly grasped the understanding of right from wrong. And unfortunately that’s the case with some adults.
I once rode in a car with my friend and her two children. She took a toy away from one of the children. The child screamed endlessly, as if someone was beating him. He was inconsolable, all he wanted was his toy and that was it.
Sounds familiar? It is something we adults do. The only difference is in the types of toys we have. As adults, we have bigger, more expensive toys and we often place people into materialistic categories.
Paul, in 1 Corinthians said, “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.” Hmmm could it be that even though I am grown, my speech, reasoning and my thinking were that of a child?
In the earlier scenario, all three were childish. My childish speech, childish thoughts and childish reasoning made me look like a fool lol.
What are you doing to make you look like a fool? When are you going to become mature? Are you still feeding on milk when you should be eating solid food?
Aha! You see, there are some things children cannot possess, because they are underage, immature; ie: a driving licence, marriage, inheritance, etc.
If this is true for the physical, how much more so in the spirit? If you are not physically mature, you have no rights to certain things. Imagine how frustrating that would be if you remained a child forever.
Why then as Christians do we not strive to be spiritually mature? Or we can remain spiritually immature, and not reap the benefits of what God has in store for us.
Hebrews 5:12 says, “you have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word…”
How then can one be more mature?
1. In your speech; ie: stop gossiping about others, using your words for edification instead of malice and destruction (Ephesians 4:29).
2. In your thoughts; ie: setting your minds on higher things, thinking on things that are pure and of good report (Colossians 3:2, Philippians 4:8).
3. In your understanding; ie: not leaning to your own reasoning but trusting in God (Proverbs 2:2-5, proverbs 3:5-6).
Let’s grow up and get rid of our childish ways, our old self. Let’s seek to eat meat, become mature, possessing the fruits of the spirit as we learn to speak, reason and think on a higher level 😊.