Satan Wants You to Grow Up
Satan wants us to think and act like adults.
He wants us to feel that we have moved beyond the ‘learning years’. He likes it when we reach the point where we stop asking so many questions.
Adults don’t ask a lot of questions because, truthfully, we’ve already made up our minds about most things. It’s all pretty clear in our heads. Some adults may own up to having a few details left to figure out, but most of us are content with what we already know and are sure that we’re right. Anyone who disagrees with us is, therefore, wrong.
Children are not like adults. They ask lots of questions!
“Mommy, can I have some juice? Who made juice? Nooooo! Not in that cup!”
“Daddy, why can’t you play with me? Why are we going to church, Daddy?”
“How does the stove make the cake?”
“Why don’t worms have any hair?”
“Why do I have to pick up toys? Why can’t we read a book right now? Why are we going to the potty again? I’m not sleepy. Why do I have to take a nap?”
“Can we trade the new baby for one that doesn’t cry?”
“How did God make the baby? When can the baby play with me?”
“Where is my Grandma? Why did God take my grandma? I want to see her and make cookies, again. Who’s gonna make cookies with me?”
It’s been a while since my girls were this young, but I still remember those years when I spent most of my days answering questions. Countless studies have been done showing that the average three-year-old asks about 300 questions a day. Studies also show that four-year-old girls are the most inquisitive. These little sweeties ask nearly 400 questions a day. That’s one question every two minutes, y’all!
So, what happens to us? Why do we stop asking questions? When do we decide that we pretty much know everything? How do we lose our sense of wonder and curiosity?
As I endeavor to go deeper into God’s word and to increase my understanding, I find myself in a similar situation as those pre-schoolers. I’ve got questions.
Have you ever been there? That uncomfortable place where, the more you learn, the less you know and the more you want to know?
More than a few of us have probably participated in a discussion where someone in the group asks a big question that silences everyone else. Did this person share a thought that no one had considered before? Or, did they dare to talk about the ‘elephant in the room’? Did they bring up that controversial issue or that big problem that everyone else was avoiding?
Jesus did that. He challenged the status quo. And he was called a rebel. A troublemaker. A heretic. Some of the religious leaders of his time even accused him of being the Devil. Can you imagine?!
The people who hated and eventually killed Jesus represented the status quo. They were so convinced that they had God all figured out. They didn’t want anyone coming along and rocking the boat or changing things. And anyone who challenged their authority was suspect.
If you find yourself strongly opposed to a change in the status quo at work, home, or church, will you ask yourself why? Can you be open to the possibility that in a given situation, you could be wrong? Or, like Apollos, that your understanding might be incomplete?
For a long time, I was that person. I knew it all. For more years than I care to count or acknowledge, I felt as if I had it all figured out. I truly thought I did. But these days, I’m back to asking more questions. Faced with the possibility of losing my vision and my very life, God got my attention. So, I’m asking questions. I’m re-examining and re-thinking things I was sure I already knew.
Jesus makes it quite clear.
“Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3
Imagine what a change it would make in your home, your neighborhood, your office, and your church if you and every other adult felt free to start asking questions. God’s word is unchanging and eternal. It would guide us! What would we learn if we approached scripture with an open mind and the heart of a child?
Would you watch different things on TV in the evening? Would you spend more time with your children and less with the computer or cell phone? Would your money be spent differently?
Picture what would it look like if you and your team at work asked a few more questions. How would it change the conversations around the water cooler? Would you, perhaps, find the solution to a persistent problem?
What possibilities would this hold for the local church? It’s no secret that membership in all denominations is shrinking. But what if we all started asking why? What if we all looked at scripture with ‘fresh eyes’ and started reaching out to the poor, to prostitutes and prisoners, to orphans and widows?
What if, after studying worship habits in the Bible, the decision was made to re-focus worship on honoring God and God only, and changes were made?
Jesus Christ calls us to be like children, to ask questions and earnestly look for answers in his word. Satan whispers assurances of how grown up and smart we are.
Whose voice will you heed?