Children need rules. When one is teaching children they need to set up boundaries and methods in order to train them. When you first start school you have to learn the alphabet before you can begin to spell words. The next step is to put words together into sentences. Once mastering how to spell words and put them into sentences you begin to write paragraphs and eventually a complete story.
When Paul wrote to the Corinthians he told them “I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” In the 3rd chapter he tells us they were “infants in Christ” so he had to teach them only very basic things, sort of the ABC’s of God. What I would like for you to see though is what he said back in the 2nd chapter about the mature believer.
In 1st Corinthians 2:6 he says, “We do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; but we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood…”
The religious leaders of Jesus’ day seemed to always be on his case because he and his disciples appeared to be breaking the rules. They would say things like “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.” Jesus’ disciples picked corn as they passed through a grain-field and the Pharisees questioned Jesus saying, “Why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” The religious leaders even went as far as getting on to Jesus himself because he healed people on the Sabbath. This is all coming from the mindset of an immature believer; in fact most of these religious leaders weren’t even believers at all. They seem to be like hall monitors always asking Jesus for his pass. What I wanted you to see though is they seemed to care more about the rules than they did people. This is exactly what Jesus told them on more than one occasion too.
There is no doubt children need rules to abide by, but at some point we grow up and the rules are no longer necessary in an outward way. I remember learning to ride a bicycle and using training wheels at first. Eventually you are to take those training wheels off and just ride the bike. It is the same with typing. I remember taking a typing class in high school but it was years later before I typed very much at all. The good thing is I did learn where the home keys were and pretty soon it all came back to me. The reason is because it was in me; because it is as they say, “just like riding a bike.” Once you get it; it gets you.
In 1st Corinthians 13 Paul said, “When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.” His point here is once we grow up and see that loving God and each other is the goal we no longer need a bunch of rules to tell us how to behave. Once we receive the Holy Spirit, of the God who is love, we will just love others. Once you get him he gets you and love will be the result.
Written by Louie