God requires people to grow up from childhood so said in 1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became an adult, I put away childish things. So God expects growth and progress in life in a good and positive way as a sign of maturity. God knows and understands that when I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.So when I become a grown up, I put away childhood behind me. As I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I grew I put away childish things.Teenage rebellion changes to respect and admiration for sacrifices made by others to enable life to be easier on us. So love is not any more just selfish demand tantrum with sweets given to keep quiet. Life changes to become serious business transformation. To take on responsibility for personal life matters and heart affairs with support of family, loved ones and community by God’s grace. One cannot remain a child forever so train, learn to adapt to renew mind to transform from childhood stages to teenage years. Discipline seems hard but God corrects those He loves for own good.
Childhood tantrums shows lack of understanding of reality of life. It includes lack of knowledge of time it takes to do things. A child cries so wants things done instantly whether too busy juggling other things or not. Growing up means one mimics and copies what is seen, heard, told, felt by significant adults in charge. One is treated as an infant or a toddler who must understand simple instructions like pick up toys, come here, eat your food, read your book go to sleep etc. So send mixed messages asking or told to do one thing while they do another. Baby books from childhood tell things done unaware in past years.People are grateful for photographs, documents reminding them of such years. One expect height to correspond age appropriate actions suitable for growth spurt. Soon childhood dreams and fantasies of growing up seem nothing like the reality of duties, hard work, responsibilities all part of growing up. Physical changes signify puberty and readiness for procreation but not ready to take on such roles yet unless able to do so economically. The cycle continues and people remind you how quickly grown up you become. Studying, working, bills, taxes, mortgages, marriage, parenthood, etc.It was a few years ago you were crawling and playing but now fully grown up adult. After growing up one discovers others helped, enabled, protected, affected you so one responds or reacts in one way or the other. Then comes old age when life is not as easy and straight forward as assumed in childhood. Peer pressure, family issues contradict lifestyle while trying to figure out what is best under the circumstances.For own good, well being and safety allow to be chaperoned by loved ones in adulthood, be coached and mentored. Life is not as easy as portrayed in drama and music.
Family life continues from earth into eternity for Christians into heaven. So all become the bride of Christ the groom. God does not drive away His Children from His family to make them vulnerable or exposed to perverts. In Ecclesiastics 12:1, God says remember the Lord God in your youth. Remember God the Creator in the days of youth, before evil days come. God considers precious and worthy young people’s life and soul. Listen to Godly advise for your own good so take advantage of strength in youth. Children meet problems so need good foundation in Christ input support from family.
China makes it compulsory for children to care provide for parents, family emotionally, financially, physically. Other nations measure good success by how elders are cared for so please God. Remember to care and provide for parents, guardians, God’s kingdom. Nowhere in Bible God gave birth date, time, age to leave family to take on world by yourself. So is not Biblical as Christ stayed at home with family taking care, responsible for aged mother and siblings. Christ entrusted mum to be looked after on the cross before going into heaven. A family is for life whether married or single. Keep in touch with family, do not isolate, put pressure on self, stress to deprive love.In Ephesians 6:2 God says listen to parents and obey and honour them so it will be well with you and you will live long. If you honour your father and mother, “things will go well for you, and you will have a long life on the … 6:1-4 The great duty of children is, to obey their parents. In Deuteronomy 5:16, “Honour your father and mother, as the LORD your God commanded you to do so, that your days may be extended and that it may go well with you in life. Young people must join adults to learn wisdom, experience while teaching adults excellent modern technology skills .
Then you will live for a long time, and things will go well for you in the land the LORD God chose for you. So Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Growth process, in the secular world has its own ideas exclusive of God’s plans and purposes for growth. Jesus is a classic example born 100% human to follow as a good role model. Begotten of God Christ lived natural human life doing chores, worked as carpenter, studied Torah. Through great leadership of family and guardians one can listen to God’s own established and tested ideas for growth.