Childish Things

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.  For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.  But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  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 Corinthians 13:8-11

At the end of this passage, it tells us that “…when I became a man, I put away childish things.”  There are some things that children do that adults do not do.  They are not always bad thing, they are just different.  Just as we would not expect a child to go to work an earn a living, we would not expect to see an adult man playing with a rattle.  There is nothing at all wrong with playing with a rattle, it is just not something that an adult man or woman would do.  That is something that a person should “put away” as they grow older.  There are many things like this in our spiritual lives as well.

There are many spiritual “baby rattles” in our Christian lives.  They are things that are not necessarily sins, but are things that are not becoming for a mature “adult” Christian.  There are some things that we just need to leave behind as we grow up.  Some things are just childish, and some things are just things that are too time consuming.  As we get older, we start finding that we do not have time to do everything that we would like to do.  We have to leave some things behind.  We have to put them away.  In our spiritual lives, we need to put away some things.  Hopefully, we are putting away the right things.

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