Tuesday, March 19, 2013

What Were You Thinking?

Brothers, don’t be childish in your thinking, but be infants in regard to evil and adult in your thinking. 

Don't be childish in your thinking . . .
Have you ever heard someone ask, "What were you thinking?" This question usually follows when someone makes a really dumb decision.  Now I know you have never uttered or thought those words, but I have. I have even been asked that question a time or two.

What did Paul mean? We know that knowledge doesn't always lead to correct actions. Some of the most childish adults I have ever met were much more theologically astute than I. It seemed they had every bit of knowledge their brains could absorb; yet their actions indicated they still thought and acted like a child.

So what does childish thinking look like? Check out these verses and draw your own conclusions:
  • For My people are fools; they do not know Me. They are foolish children, without understanding. They are skilled in doing what is evil, but they do not know how to do what is good.” (Jeremiah 4:22, HCSB)
  • Then we will no longer be little children, tossed by the waves and blown around by every wind of teaching, by human cunning with cleverness in the techniques of deceit (Ephesians 4:14, HCSB)
God, help us as teachers to be ever conscious of the spiritual progress of our group. Give us the wisdom and the skills to help guide adults beyond childish thinking and toward a life of maturity.

Next week: We will look at two elements of maturity listed in these passages: Being infants regarding evil, and being adult in your thinking.