Matthew 18:2-3 – He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (NIV 1984)
1 Corinthians 13:11 – When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. (NIV 1984)
Hebrews 5:12-14 – In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. (NIV 1984)
2 Peter 1:5-8 – Make every effort to add to your faith. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. (NIV 1978)
Musings of Others – The Seven Stages Of Man
2. Milk, vegetables
3. Milk, ice cream sodas, candy
4. Steak, Coke, French fries, ham and eggs
5. Frogs’ legs, caviar, Crepe Suzettes, Champagne
6. Milk and crackers
Tan, P. L. (1996). Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times (p. 772). Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc.
My Musing – When we are born again, we come to Christ with child-like (unquestioning and unshakeable) faith. That was the beginning of our life in Christ. But we were never meant to remain as infants in our walk with Christ. We are intended to grow, mature, and to “put childish ways behind” us. Unlike the tongue-in-cheek Seven Stages of Man depicted above, where man eventually comes full circle to where he once began, we are to continue to grow “in increasing measure.” From playing on the swing set (that was my son Joel) to building (yes it took me a long time) the swing set for others.
My Advice – Be a swing set maker, but never forget the little boy or girl and what it felt like to play on the swing set. Keep that childlike faith as you grow up in Christ.