ON JANUARY 7, 2018 BY 2NDBAPTIST40
Sometimes when I ride around and see little kids playing on the playground at school, or the “student driver” sign attached to the top of a car indicating a young teen is learning how to drive, I remember the innocence I felt as a child – as a teenager. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize how good I had it and how innocent I really was. Now that I’m an adult, I know there is a certain level of maturity that one must have to be successful, and to live a life that’s pleasing to God. As adults, we have responsibilities. For many things in life, we no longer have the ability to say, “I didn’t know.” As God’s people, we must be more mature than that.
When I was growing up, I used the Encyclopedia Britannica to research things when I had homework assignments in school. If I couldn’t find the answer in the Encyclopedia, I HAD to go to the library to get information beyond the knowledge base of those around me. The young people of today probably don’t even know what the Encyclopedia Britannica is ? In 2018, we have Google, Bing, Siri, Google Voice, and everything else, which provides information in a matter of seconds. Likewise, if there is anything we want to know about God, we can go straight to the Bible. And guess what? We can use Google for that too ?
The Word tells us that we must put away childish things, now that we have grown up. We can no longer reason like children. (1 Corinthians 13:11) As a child of God, I am required to be a good steward over what God has given, including my finances (Luke 16:1-13). I am required to follow God’s word, if for no other reason, then He is God (Proverbs 9:10). I’m required to be a Godly wife (Ephesians 5:21-32). I must raise my children to have a heart for God (Proverbs 22:6). I must refrain from using abusive language toward others (Ephesians 4:29). I can no longer do things that may cause someone to fall, and claim I didn’t know that it could happen (Romans 14:20-23). There are so many negative things in this world that require the light of God’s people to eradicate them. If we walk around with an “I didn’t know” disposition, then God will never get the glory out of anything.
As we continue to grow, and mature in God’s Word, let’s strive to be good examples for the World to see. Let our experiences continue to point us to Jesus, and our wisdom cause us to continue to seek God’s Word. Everything we need to know about walking a Christian walk is in the Bible. Saying “I didn’t know” is an excuse that doesn’t work anymore. We’re too grown for that.