1 Corinthians 13:11-13 (NLT)
11 It'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. 12 Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me now. 13 There are three things that will endure--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love.
Paul is telling us children do not have the comprehension and knowledge as that of an adult. They only partially and incompletely understand the meaning of things given them. In the same way we only partially understand and comprehend the wonders of heaven. Not until one has arrived in heaven will they fully know all God has done and planned. This is in comparison to God who knows ALL and knows everything there is to know about us. Then Paul summarizes his thoughts by saying three things will endure; faith, hope, and love. These are the 3 components of grace, but without love, grace could never exist.
How often when you were a child did you wish you were grown up? In Jr. High everyone wanted to be in High School. In High School everyone wanted to be in college. And in college everyone couldn’t wait until they had their first job. And unlike Peter Pan who remained a kid we matured and grew older. Yet in our spiritual walk with God we are often still children, learning, trying to understand who God is, and how to perform His will. In Ephesians 4:11-13 it says, “It was he who gave some as apostles, some as prophets, some as evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, that is, to build up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God—a mature person, attaining to the measure of Christ’s full stature.” God wants us to grown in spiritual knowledge and has given us tools to do so. He also gave His son Jesus Christ as an example of a person fully mature in His spiritual walk. The question is, are you still maturing or have you remained an infant? Pray God will continue to develop you spiritually. Ask Him for a deeper understanding of His grace, mercy and love. And while you learn let His love be evident in your life.