Please turn in your Bible and read 1Corinthians 13:1- 13, and notice verse 11 which states "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."
In Ephesians chapter 4: 14 we're told that we should "be no more children tossed to and fro" and in first Corinthians 14:20 we are told to not be children in understanding.
Back in first Corinthians 13:11 there are four things Paul said about childhood.
1. He spake as a child. 2. He understood as a child. 3. He thought as a child, and 4. When he became a man he put away childish things.
Let's face this truth; there are many grown-up people in our day even christian people, who have childlike behavior. Sadly, they have not reached a place of spiritual maturity even though their body is mature. 1 Peter 2:2 states "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby."
There are full-grown adults, even Christian adults, who have been saved for years, that are still babes in Christ. Hebrews 5:11-14 is a description of what happens when a Christian fails to mature.
I want to give you some thoughts on what it's like to be child like as an adult.
1. Children play with dangerous things. I see and hear about the lives and decisions of some professing Christians who are playing with fire. Proverbs 6:27 Asks, "Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?" Any sinful habit or practice in a Christian's life is dangerous. "Be sure, your sin will find you out." Numbers 32:23
2. Children pout over disappointments. Childlike Christians internalize their disappointments and then externalize an attitude on others, ignoring, not speaking, or being unkind or insulting. The answer to Cain's question in Gen. 4:9, "Am I my brother's keeper?" Is "YES!"
3. Children pound on others without care. Children can be ruthless, vindictive, hurtful, and uncaring about the pain they inflict on others. I have heard the quote from adults, "I don't care. Somebody needs to put her (him) in her place.". I have often said, "Be careful about giving others a piece of your mind. Most of us don't have enough to spare."
4. Children pick themselves first. This is seen in picking the best seat, the biggest bowl of ice cream, the last piece of cake, etc. Mark 12:39; Luke 14:7-11
5. Children protect with their life their own interest. Children cheat to win; lie to save face, and change the story to make themselves look good.
6. Children pretend to be what they are not. Playing cowboys and Indians is fun, but when the game is played by adults pretending to be what they are not Spiritually, it takes on a whole new level of responsibility with God. Judas was "The great pretender" and he was so good, no one suspected him to be the great betrayer.
7. Children put the blame on others. "Johnny did it." Poor Johnny always gets blamed! A good example of a child like Christian is the person who drops out of church because, "someone at church did me wrong, hurt my feelings and is unfriendly." my answer to those interested is, "Did Jesus do you wrong? If not, why do you take it out on Him?"
8. Children pick on the weak and Helpless and become angry over small things.
9. Children plan play time Until there is no time left to do the more important things. Children rarely get interested in the important things of life. Children do not normally ask serious questions or take life seriously, and childlike Christians play with life while mature Christians are serious about the things of God.
Thank God for the Godly, mature, involved, faithful believers who have matured in their walk with Christ!
If you have seen yourself in these illustrations as a childlike Christian, it is not too late to "Grow in the grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and forever. Amen." 2 Peter 3:18