We’ve been talking about ways to transform our lives. Today, I want to look at the last part of I Corinthians 13:11. The whole verse says “When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.” We’ve talked about how we speak and think, but we need to talk about how we reason.
The word “reason” means to put together with one’s mind.
It’s how you decide how you’re going to think about something. It’s how you decide what your opinion is going to be about people and situations. Your reason is the foundation for your thoughts and your words. To put it simply, your reason is your motivation.
Your motivation is a powerful thing, because it won’t only be the driving force behind what you do, but also how you do it.
Think about a young child. Their motivation is themselves. Almost everything they do is for themselves and their own personal benefit. More than that, the child thinks that everyone else’s motivation should be their personal benefit. This isn’t because the child is evil; it’s because we are all born selfish and self-centered. They have to be taught by their parents and mentors how to be selfless.
You are selfish, and for the most part you are your own motivation. Your main reason for living, working, and seeking love is your personal benefit. When you invite Jesus to live in your heart, He starts to change things.
Jesus wants you to change your words, because they hold the power of life and death. He wants you to change your thoughts, because the way you think about yourself is the person you will become. He wants you change your reason, your motivation, because it will transform your relationships, your job, your entire life.