That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (Eph. 4:14 KJV)
The notion, art, and act of growing from childhood to adulthood is a profound process of transformation. A transformation by which what was at one time fragile, vulnerable, weak, and defenseless would go on to become strong, secured, and dexterous in its conduct and operation to the extent of engaging and transacting personal interest to derive profit and secure definite edge. This and more are the benefit of transformation from a child to an adult.
About being a child, the Bible painted a grossly disqualifying and obscuring tendency of childishness, when it says, “Now what I mean [when I talk about children and their guardians] is this: as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave even though he is the [future owner and] master of all [the estate]; but he is under [the authority of] guardians and household administrators or managers until the date set by his father [when he is of legal age]. So also we [whether Jews or Gentiles], when we were children (spiritually immature), were kept like slaves under the elementary [man-made religious or philosophical] teachings of the world (Gal. 5:1-3 AMP). The discrepant and discriminatory warrant of childishness (spiritually) must incense every true believer to seek growth and maturity in the things pertaining to Faith and the Kingdom of God lest such person be consigned to the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.
Beloved, it is important we grow in grace and in the faith of our Lord Jesus to the maturing of the spirit man otherwise a childish or immature Christian will be cheaply slighted, cheated and tossed by the cunning caprice of indecent men and impolite enterprise of the wicked.
Paul the Apostle, in his contemplation and reflection of the limiting inclination of being a child noted, “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 did away with childish things. For now [in this time of imperfection] we see in a mirror dimly [a blurred reflection, a riddle, an enigma], but then [when the time of perfection comes we will see reality] face to face. Now I know in part [just in fragments], but then I will know fully, just as I have been fully known [by God]. (1 Cor. 13:11-12 AMP).
Let us go on and grow up to lay hold and take control of the inheritance Jesus Christ had secured for us and as true heir direct the course of our Father’s Business growing up into Christ in all things…the true transfiguration to which we are called.
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