If you are like me, when you were young, you couldn’t wait to be an adult so that you could experience all of the privileges of being an adult. You could stay up late, drive yourself places, and spend your money the way you want. But with age also comes responsibility and an expectation that you will begin to act more mature, and put away childish ways. The same can be said when we grow in our faith. Paul reminds the church in first Corinthians 13:11:
"When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me."
You see, when we become believers, our goal should be to grow in the Lord, to not remain as children. Do you know people who, by age, are considered adults, but by their actions still act like a child? It shouldn’t be that way for believers and our faith walk. Spiritually speaking, we should no longer talk, think or reason like we used to. We should become more and more mature in our faith, which means our goal should be to become more and more like Jesus. If you’ve been a believer for a long period of time, but still act like a child in the faith, I’d encourage you to take note of this portion of scripture.
The goal of every believer should be to grow in the faith, to become more and more like Jesus. When we were young in the faith, spiritually speaking, we may have acted like a child. But as we grow, we should put childish things behind us. It should be evident to those around us that we are maturing… conforming into the likeness of Christ.