Thursday – October 24, 2019 – No Longer Infants
Ephesians 4:14-16 (NIV) Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.
1 Corinthians 13:8-12 (NKJV) Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
11 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. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
When Paul said, “When I was a child,” he was saying something that everyone can relate to. We’ve all been infants, but we are not supposed to remain that way. We are to put away childish speaking, understanding and thinking. Infants are unstable and need direction and care. However, as you are growing and finding your way, there comes a time when you throw off restraints. You learn from those misadventures, but sometimes, the bumps and bruises that life gives can cause setbacks rather than advancement.
We learn to grow from the generations that have gone before us. However, one of the problems is there seems to be more negative examples to overcome than positive ones to propel us forward. It can seem like we take one step forward and two steps back. That is where God comes in. While on earth, we continue to live in a fallible body. It is still subject to mortality (death) corruption (sin) and weakness (illness and aging). That is not how it will be forever though. Paul tells us of a time to come. Here’s what he said, But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
What will be done away is our fallibility, our weakness, our failures. Temptation will offer no allure to us, because there will be nothing in us where sin could take hold and besides that, the tempter will have been judged. He will no longer accuse us, berate us or take advantage of us in any way. He will be in the Lake of Fire, while we will be with Jesus, like Jesus and know Jesus. It gets better; we are fully known by Jesus. Think about going from infancy to perfection. That is what we will become; perfect and grateful that Jesus has been with us every step of the way, offering grace rather than condemnation.
Prayer: Thank you Lord, for the bright future, the bright eternity, where there will be no sin, sickness or death, only eternal life with You.