More Than Baby Food | Devotion #2: Baby Thoughts
Tommy Youngquist | Children’s Pastor
Have you ever wondered what a baby dreams about? I have. There is no telling what goes on inside their head and what they think about. What are even the possibilities? Are they swinging in a giant baby swing? Maybe they are being held by grandma, but grandpa’s face is really on grandma’s body? Are they discovering they are covered in poop? Oh wait, that is a reality! Any parent out there knows this to be fact. Today, we are going to discuss the same Scripture that we did yesterday, 1 Corinthians 13:11, but from a different perspective.
“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.”
Can we all agree that children and adults think differently? Our dreams are different than their dreams. The goals and systems for accomplishing those goals are different between the two. Problems that seem so monumental as a child pales in comparison to the problems you face as an adult. Our thought process matures, and that process starts to embrace life as it truly is. The same maturation process should occur in our spiritual lives. When you have that moment of belief and acceptance in Jesus and what He did for humanity, specifically you, you start the process of change. The change does not happen overnight; it takes time. It primarily occurs from discovering God’s guidelines and rules in the Bible.
For example, Scripture tells us in Hebrews 6:1-3, “Therefore, let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.”
What on Earth is this verse saying? Mature yourself spiritually by going deeper into God’s Word. Find out what lies beyond your redemption and find out how you can help others become redeemed. Put away childish, “all about me,” selfish thoughts and start considering the needs of others. This is what true love is. This is God’s hope for your life that you will learn to love as He loves. He wants you to reciprocate His love and then show that love to others. Put away childish thoughts. Those are the thoughts that only consider your wants and needs. Mature, and start thinking in a way that is unselfish.