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"If you have not chosen the Kingdom of God, it will make in the end no difference what you have chosen instead" 
CS Lewis

"Deliberate Immaturity"

The body of Christ is full of deliberate immaturity !!!!!!!  How long will this continue in our lives?

 

There is a difference between

Childlikeness and Childishness

 

Matthew 18:3 - 4(KJV) And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.   4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 

 

Childlikeness is an attribute that pleases God

  • Open hearted trusting
  • Sincere
  • No guile
  • Honest
  • Humble
  • A sense of wonder
  • Loving

 

Mature Believers put away Childishness

KJV:

11When 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. 

NIV:

11When 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 childish ways behind me. 

NRSV:

11When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish ways. 

NLT:

11It's like this: When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 

TMNT:

11When I was an infant at my mother's breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

 

The attributes of Childishness are acceptable for children

but not for the Mature Believer

  • Speaking as a child

o       Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 

  • Understanding as a child
    • Ephesians 5:15 - 17(KJV) See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, 16Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is
    • 1 Corinthians 14:20(KJV) Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.

 

  • Thinking and reasoning as a child 
    • 2 Corinthians 10:3 - 5 (KJV) For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

 

 

It is not the will of God for believers to be "Childish in doctrine"

  • Ephesians 4:11 - 15 (KJV) 11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13Till 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:  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; 15But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

 

It is not the will of God for believers to be "Childish in Behavior"

  • 1 Corinthians 3:2 - 3 (KJV) And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

 

It is not the will of God for believers to be "Childish in Application"

  • Hebrews 5:12 - 14(KJV) 12For 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. 13For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14But 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.

 

Parable of the Talents

Matt. 25:14 - 30 (KJV)  For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods(property, possessions). 15And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. 19After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

*      Responsibility was released in proportion to each servants ability

*      You are responsible before the Lord for only what has been entrusted to you

*      The servants were entrusted (trusted) by their Lord for the care of a portion of his property and possession

*      There is a day of accountability coming for every steward

o       For faithfulness there is reward

         Promotion has to do with faithful accountability

         Faithful stewardship bring one into ruling in the Kingdom

        Faithful in little - master of much

o       For unfaithfulness there is harsh condemnation and a sentence of unforgiving judgment

         Excuses are not acceptable

         Fear is not an acceptable excuse

*      Of all the servants who had the most to lose? 

o       The servant with the 5 talents

*      Who had the least to lose?  

o       1talent

*      The one with the least responsibility, the least to lose, refused to be fruitful because of fear

*      God requires fruitfulness in the lives of His servants

*      The Lord used several adjectives to describe the unfruitful servant -

o       Wicked

         EVIL - 2. poneros (STR)4190 - "labor, toil," denotes "evil that causes labor, pain, sorrow, malignant evil" (from Vine's Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words)

         Malignant - feeling, showing or acting with extreme ill will, tending to be fatal without treatment, tending to metastasize(the spreading of disease from one part to another) and lead to death (NW)

o       Slothful (ST)3636  okneros (ok-nay-ros'); from 3635; tardy, i.e. indolent; (figuratively) irksome:

         3635  okneo (ok-neh'-o);from oknos (hesitation); to be slow (figuratively, loath): KJV-- delay.

o       Unprofitable - 888  achreios - useless, i.e. (euphem.) unmeritorious

 

*      His judgment was to be stripped of what he had and be cast into outer darkness a place of torment

 


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