May 12, 2017
Only Young Once
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. – 1 Corinthians 13:11
When I was young, our school district had a speech therapist who came to all of the schools and gave an evaluation of each student’s vocalization needs. To make his assessment, each of us was asked to read, in private, a passage from a book. When my turn came, I began to read, and the passage I was assigned had the word “squirrel” in it. I pronounced the word “swhirrel.” It was not a serious speech problem, just a mispronunciation that was easily corrected. It probably made me sound a little younger than my age, but once I knew what was wrong and how to fix it, my speech improved.
Maturity, both in a temporal and a spiritual sense, involves understanding where we are immature. Only then can we begin improving our behavior. We ought not to be too hard on ourselves; we all have spoken as children and thought as children—and that is all right for children. But when we become men and women, we put away childish things. As we mature spiritually, we put away childish things in the spiritual realm. The Lord is like our speech therapist, pointing out the areas that need help. When He shows us a problem area, it is our duty to follow His instructions to correct it.
There are no exceptions to the rule in our focus verse; even Jesus grew in wisdom and stature. Now, after many years, I understand that we cannot have understanding beyond our experience. We do not grow up all at once, neither do we grow old all at once. But every day we grow and become a little more like the person God designed us to be. Jesus learned obedience through the things He suffered, and that may be how we learn also. Today, let us commit ourselves to our Lord Jesus Christ; He is our Example that we should follow in His steps.