Food For Thought

11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

1 Corinthians 13:11-12 NKJV

Paul shares a very interesting thought here that I don’t think many of us have stopped to consider. You see, many of us believe we are truly wise and that there isn’t much left for us to learn. We have found faith, right? And so, because we have found faith, we believe that we can see things clearly, right? Paul tells us to hold our horses and don’t go running off wildly.

Paul said that when he was a child, he understood as one and did childish things. When he became a man, he stopped playing with toys and carrying on as a child. He then said that he, as a wise believer, can only manage to look at life through a dim mirror (or glass) – the picture isn’t clear. Imagine that! Even for a wise believer, the picture is still dim! Could you imagine what that means for the unwise fool?

One day we will reach the point where that glass will be removed and the picture becomes clear. That day will be a day of great rejoicing in the kingdom of heaven in God’s glory. However, until then, we only know in part. Therefore, you must keep growing in your faith and adding knowledge to it. While we may have a little wisdom and a little knowledge, there is still a lot left for us to learn. So, I encourage you to always be open to learning and open to growing.

When we stop being open to learning and growing that picture we see through the glass blurs even more. That means, the path before us becomes dim, and therefore, more difficult to travel.

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