vv 11-12 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
People often refer to the time they became Christians – putting their trust in Jesus as Saviour and Lord – as being ‘Born Again’. It is starting out on a radical new life of following Jesus. That means we do not start off as mature, adult Christian disciples. Very quickly we realise that there is much to learn, and a new way of life to discover and work out in the hurly-burly of everyday living. And if we are honest with ourselves, we can easily make mistakes. I have seen a child patiently digging in the garden, transferring mud on to a plate, and then trying to eat it as if it were breakfast porridge. Eating is a learning process, the child discovers pretty quickly what is good and tasty. Being a disciple is a learning process too. Our view of what is good and right takes time to mature; in fact, it takes a lifetime! I’ve been in the School of Discipleship as a learner for some 65 years, and I don’t think I am in the top class yet. As this verse puts it, we learn to put away childish things. We do grow in our understanding of faith and what it means in practice to live the Christian life. But we do all still see things imperfectly; knowledge is ‘ partial and incomplete ‘. Peter’s final instruction in his last letter is very simply Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. (2 Peter 3:17)
Make that your prayer for yourself and your fellow Christians.