I have two children ages 8 and 11. They are super influential at this age. It seems like they will believe anything I tell them. This can be good because I have a chance to have a major influence on their lives at this stage. It can also be fun. I admit this is a little sneaky, but I love to take advantage of their trust and play silly little tricks on them. I get them every time! It is okay for a child to be a little gullible. But as adults we really should not continually be suckered by the same old tricks. We are no longer children; discernment is an indication of adulthood.
The same is true when it comes to our spiritual maturity as well. When we are immature as Christians, the Scriptures liken us to children. As spiritual children, we are easily swayed and deceived. We are warned in Ephesians 4:14 that we are to no longer be as children in our faith. We are to mature! The value in maturing in our faith is that we will quit being easily swayed, confused or led astray. Instead, we will speak with words of love and we will grow in our goal of Christlikeness.
JUST A THOUGHT
Look into your life, are you easily swayed by the words of others or are you firm in what you believe and why you believe it?