No longer be children in your thinking, but in your thinking be mature.

No longer be children in your thinking, but in your thinking be mature.

1Co 14:20  Brothers, do not be children in your thinking. Be infants in evil, but in your thinking be mature. In this verse of scripture, the Apostle Paul, writing to the church at Corinth, makes a distinction between childish thinking, and mature or grown up thinking. The Good News Bible has it this way; Do not be like children in your thinking, my friends…….but be grown up in your thinking. What the Apostle Paul was saying is don’t be immature and childish in the way you think and your understanding of spiritual things, but rather grow up and be mature, think like a spiritual adult, not a spiritual child.

For those of us who are parents, it is a happy day when our kids grow up and they start acting like adults and thinking like adults. I think the Apostle Paul as the Spiritual Father of the Church at Corinth, he was also looking forward to the day when these Christians would think like mature “grown up “Christians and not like immature children in the Lord. Have you ever asked yourself the question, how does a Spiritually Mature Christian think? What would spiritually mature thinking look like? To answer that we have to start with what the Apostle Paul says in Rom 12:2  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, Becoming spiritually mature in the way one thinks is a process where you are no longer allowing the world to mold your way of thinking, but in contrast you are participating in a transformation process where you are welcoming and allowing the Holy Spirit to renew and change your way of thinking.  Let me say this again, and as clearly as I possibly can. To become spiritually mature is entirely dependent on yielding to the Holy Spirit and allowing him to renew and change the way we think, so that we are no longer thinking like spiritual children, but like spiritual adults. The way a person thinks will directly influence the way they see things, and how they look at things. The way you look at people, the way you look at circumstances, the way you look at difficulties, and trials is directly related to whether you are spiritually mature in the way you think or spiritually immature in the way you think. The way we see ourselves as if looking into a spiritual mirror is very much a result of whether we are, as the Apostle Paul says, Children in our thinking or mature in our thinking. I believe it is our Lord’s deepest desire and the passion of His own heart for His people that we grow up and become mature. The Apostle Paul also says in Eph 4:15…we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ. There are Christians who have been saved for a number of years, but they are not yet mature in their way of thinking, and the proof of that is how they still look at other people, circumstances and how they still see themselves. The Spirit of God wants to change that. He is willing to change the way we think if we are willing to let Him. May we all with a renewed passion welcome the Holy Spirit and allow Him to change us so that we will no longer be children in our thinking, but in our thinking be mature. May we bring Him Glory and Honor by yielding to the Spirit and allowing Him to change us. Amen and so be it.

From my heart to yours

Pastor Ron

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