June 19, 2023 – Monday
1 Corinthians 13:11 NIV
11 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 put the ways of childhood behind me.
1 Corinthians 13:11 ESV
11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.
1 Corinthians 13:11 NET
11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I became an adult*, I set aside childish ways.
*The Greek term translated “adult” here is ἀνήρ (anēr), a term which ordinarily refers to males, husbands, etc. In this context Paul contrasts the states of childhood and adulthood, so the term has been translated “adult”; cf. BDAG 79 s.v. 1.b.
On Sunday, instead of hearing from Acts 26 we heard a fine message based on the verse above as it was Father’s Day. I have included the NET version so we can see that it would apply equally to adult men and women of the faith.
The point made in this verse is not that there is some fixed point where such a transition takes place. No, it is not when a person reaches the ‘legal’ age of adulthood of 18 (25 in first century Judea). It is a contrast between two states or stages in one’s life. A time of childishness which is eventually put away when one becomes an adult, a man or a woman.
Pastor Luke Stephens taught on this Sunday in the context of fathers, husbands, marriage, and all that goes with it. I invite you to listen to his message here. Be forewarned, it is from his experience as a father, as a husband, in his marriage and all that goes with it. Your experience will be different, but I challenge you to listen to the message and change the particulars as you listen to fit you and your circumstances. You may be a mother, a wife, married or unmarried or maybe divorced, and of course all that goes with it for your circumstances. You may be a younger person dating and contemplating marriage in the future, then especially listen and pay attention to what you would change or do differently.
Pastor Stephens taught on this verse based on what he knows from his own life, successes and failures. He was honest with us. You need to be honest with yourself as you listen and explore your own status as a child or as an adult or as a person making the transition.
Bottom Line: If we live long enough, we all need to grow up and learn what it means to put away childish things and live as an adult. This is especially true in our families and marriage.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Please help us to look at our lives and see what childish things we have yet to put behind us so that we can truly live as adults, more so in our faith than anything else. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Riley D. Driver – Pastor
Calvary Chapel of Dayton