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. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:11-12 (NIV)
Have you put aside childish ways? What do you mean by that? Have you stopped thinking like a child? Have you stopped talking like a child? Have you stopped reasoning like a child? I hope so. I think so. You’re not sure? No, I’m not sure. Will I ever confidently say that I have completely put aside all my childish ways? What is your answer to that question? I doubt it. Why is that? I will never be perfect in this life. My thoughts will never be perfect. My words will never be perfect. My deeds will never be perfect. Does that discourage you? Not really. Why is that? I know that you are working in me day-by-day. I am not the same as I was yesterday. I will be different tomorrow than I am today. Each day you are helping me to put away childish thoughts, words and deeds. Each day you are making me to be more like you. You are helping me to think your thoughts. You are helping me to speak your words. You are helping me to do your deeds. Yes, I am. So, I am not discouraged. Instead, I am greatly encouraged. I know that I am your work in progress. I know that you are molding and shaping my life. I know that your work in me will continue every day until I come to meet you face to face. Yes, it will.
What will happen when you come to see me face to face? I will be completely changed. What makes you certain of that? Now, I see you in part. Now, I am changed in part. I cannot remain the same as I come into your presence. Meeting with you always leaves me changed. That’s right. When I see you in full, I will be changed completely. When I see you in full your work in me will be finished. When I see you in full, I will completely be the person you have called me to be. When I see you in full, I will have completely put away all my childish ways. That’s right. Continue now, to let me change you, day-by-day until that day. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, many times I have thought, acted and talked like a child. Help me to put all my childish ways away so that I can be all that you want me to be. I need your wisdom, insight and understanding. Help me to know and do your will. Amen
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