Putting Away the Toys
1 Corinthians 13:11 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.
Intro: When each of us grew older, we put away toys that had once entertained us. Things that once brought us joy no longer appealed to us.
Illustration: Visiting antique stores, I now see toys like I once played with!
Paul is making a simply observation, but many Christians cannot say what Paul said.
- Paul’s Methods – When I was a child, spake, understood, thought…as a child
- Paul’s Maturity – when I became a man…
- Paul’s Message – I put away childish things.
Growth and maturity requires some changes.
Growth and maturity demands a noticeable transformation.
You can’t grow up in Christ and hang on to some thing!
Several areas that Paul said that Christians need to put away their toys and grow up were:
I. Childish Diet
I Corinthians 3
- 1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
- 2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
- 1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
II. Childish Divisions
- I Corinthians 3:3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
III. Childish Doctrines
- 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
- 14 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;
- 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
A. Destabilizing Doctrines – tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine…
B. Deceitful Doctrines – sleight of men…cunning craftiness … they lie in wait to deceive
IV. Childish Discernment
- 12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
- 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
- 14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.