July 22nd, 2017
1 Corinthians 13:11 (KJB) 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.
Every person had a childhood when he or she was nurtured by parents(s) and fostered by other adult family members and has grown from infanthood to adulthood hopefully as mature and productive adults.
When an infant is born he or she is not ready to consume or digest solid food. A baby is nursed with its mother’s milk or given formula until such time the baby is ready to be introduced to solid food. Physical growth takes time, the proper nutrition, and coaching so that infants can grow, ever reaching new plateaus in the process of moving from milk to solid food, to greater and greater food varieties as he or she grows into adulthood.
No adult who has achieved physical maturity and has the capability for consumption of an assortment of food desires to stay on a limited diet of baby food and formula.
The same growing process is true of spiritual development. A maturation process begins the moment a person’s heart has been quickened alive with new spiritual life. A person may be positionally right with God but it takes a lifetime of spiritual growth to mature and mirror Christlikeness in their life.
This verse illustrates that the new man in Christ who thrives in God’s the spiritual maturing process is likened to an infant who blossoms from an infant stage consuming only milk to that of an adult who can consume a feast. God desires that the man and woman of God learn to spiritually thrive by continually partaking of His Word.