1b. Putting Away Childish Things~by David Seamands
July 26, 2017
The Hidden Child In Us All~Ch. I
In the fourth paragraph of Dr. Seamands book “Putting Away Childish Things”, he says “perhaps that inner child of your past is so timid, fearful, defeated, and self-despising that no matter how much you want to, you just can’t force yourself to make friends, or speak up when you have an opinion to express, or handle heavy responsibility. He may keep you from becoming the person you have the potential of being”.
That statement characterized my childhood perfectly. I allowed myself to be picked on, bullied, and abused both emotionally and physically. As I look back on those days, admittedly fear was my constant companion. Speaking up for myself in my mind was far beyond my ability. You see, I didn’t come up in a “Christian household” as many of my brothers and sisters in The Lord have. The Word of God was not the guiding principle in my family. However, especially as Christian adults, we must not play the blame game and tell ourselves, “Well, if it weren’t for my upbringing or the circumstances, I would be yada yada yada”. It’s unfortunate that my parents were divorced by the time I came along, and it’s also sad that my mother was strapped with the responsibility of raising for hard-headed boys alone. I’m sure her inner child kicked in and hated having her life disrupted. As mature adults, we must be able to look back, and walk a mile in their moccasins and forgive. It’s still one of the most difficult things I’ve ever had to do. There are times I still struggle when certain memories are brought to mind. In 1st Corinthians 13: 11, Dr. Seamands saw the phrase “I put away” (KJV). It’s the word “katargeō”. I’m only going to share the full definition once, if needs be you can always go back and reference it on your own, it means:
1) to render idle, unemployed, inactivate, inoperative
1a) to cause a person or thing to have no further efficiency
1b) to deprive of force, influence, power
2) to cause to cease, put an end to, do away with, annul, abolish
2a) to cease, to pass away, be done away
2b) to be severed from, separated from, discharged from, loosed from any one
2c) to terminate all intercourse with one
Part of Speech: verb
So growing up with a spirit of timidity (2nd Tim. 1:7) became a way of life. Therefore, for bullies and abusers I had become fodder for the canon so to speak. I speak freely about these things because I’ve been set free The Truth (Christ Jesus). My life is now a testimony of the power of my Heavenly Father’s love. Moreover, He’s given me a spirit of love, power, and a sound mind. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t immediately loosed from that shy and fearful hidden child. We are still His work in progress (Phil. 2:13). That kid followed my right into my adult life as a Christian, and I am here to tell you, if we don’t study The Word of God for ourselves we can still be misled, bullied and taken advantage of by erroneous teaching and relationships. For instance, if my inner child had his way, I would still be a child tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine and whatever deceitful, or ignorant men told me. I refuse to be led by a blind person, not anymore. Although for a time, that inner child would not relinquish the throne of my heart. Remember, and I know some of you that have children don’t like to hear this, but kids are natural born rebels. Studies show that they will use the word “no”, long before they pick up on “yes”. They do not come wrapped up in swaddling clothes of obedience. And whether we were the timid child or the angry bullying child, there needs to come a time as Believers to katargeō those childish things.
We need to take an earnest look at ourselves through the eyes of The Word of Truth, and see where our inner child still has a his tiny little hands holding us back today. If we just sit back and assume I’m okay, you’re okay…we may never grow up into Christ in all things. Sometimes I think of my hidden child as closely associated with my sinful nature. Just like our old man, he never wants to do the right thing, only that which is self-serving. As we grow up into Christ, our behavior will be radically changed into this:
1st Corinthians 13: 1 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 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. 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” (NKJV) To be continued…