When I Became A Man


“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.” “Act like men.”
1 Cor 13:11, 16:13

The bible goes from child to man.

It’s a two step process.

There’s no inbetween step. No adolescence. No “adultolescence”.

You’re a child and then when you become a man you give up childish ways.

There’s a way that a child speaks, thinks, reasons, and acts, that needs to be given up when he becomes a man. A man speaks, thinks, reasons, and acts differently.

We’re currently suffering from a crisis of childhood prolongment and manhood avoidance.  Boys are living in men’s bodies: physically matured to adulthood, yet behaving like children.

A boy becomes a man by age.  He speaks, thinks, reasons, and acts like a man by choice.

There’s a point in every man’s life when he’s faced with the choice of whether or not to give up childish ways.

The following are four posts on what it looks like to give up childish ways to speak, think, reason, and act like a man:

  1. Speaking Like A Man
  2. Thinking Like A Man
  3. Reasoning Like A Man
  4. Acting Like A Man

(Image Credit: The U.S. National Archives)

About Josh Christophersen

Josh is a software engineer, church planter, and blogger with a passion for helping people do their life well. He lives in KC with his wife and 7 kids.

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