Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Adult in Your Thinking

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

In the first blog regarding this text I mentioned the phrase, "What were you thinking?" I explained that we use this phrase when someone has made a really dumb decision (see post). Now let's look at the phrase a different way. If we are "adult in our thinking," then what we were thinking will result in spiritually mature responses.

It is not just about gathering knowledge and storing it in the recesses of our mind. It is allowing the knowledge of Scripture to permeate our every thought so that, when we face opportunities, challenges, conflict, temptations, or any other situation in life, our "adult" thinking will be reflected in our responses. So what would this look like? Consider the following verses as you evaluate whether you are adult in your thinking:
  • Think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths (Proverbs 3:6, HCSB)
  • You did not take these things to heart or think about their outcome (Isaiah 47:7, HCSB)
  • Think it over and see how evil and bitter it is for you to abandon the Lord your God and to have no fear of Me. (Jeremiah 2:19, HCSB)
  • Now, the Lord of Hosts says this: “Think carefully about your ways . . . " (Haggai 1:5, HCSB)
  • For those who live according to the flesh think about the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, about the things of the Spirit (Romans 8:5, HCSB)
  • Therefore, all who are mature should think this way. And if you think differently about anything, God will reveal this also to you . . . (Philippians 3:15, HCSB)
  • The mind of the righteous person thinks before answering, but the mouth of the wicked blurts out evil things (Proverbs 15:28, HCSB)
God, remind us each day of the challenge to think and act like maturing adults. May we lead our groups to learn the Bible in such a way that they will grow up and become infants regarding evil and adult in their thinking.

Read all three blogs to gain the complete perspective on 1 Corinthians 14:20.