#883. How to grow up - 1 Peter 2:1-3 (24/8/23)
Welcome to this Come to Jesus Daily devotional. For the near future, we put our Luke series on pause as we have some stand-alone summer devotionals. I hope you find them helpful.
‘Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.’ (1 Peter 2:2-3)
Lesson: As we need food if we are to grow and be healthy, so we need God’s word in order to grow and be healthy.
This week, we have been thinking about God’s will that we grow as He works in us by the Spirit. In our message on Sunday, and Monday’s devotional, we looked at Paul’s teaching in 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 and how the Spirit is transforming us ‘with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.’ Continuing this theme of spiritual growth (sanctification) I was inspired by these words from 1 Peter 2:2-3.
Like newborn babies
Christians, at conversion, are like newborn babies. However, there are many attributes that a newborn has that are to remain unchanged throughout our lives; like a baby, we are to ever-remain hungry and thirsty for God’s word. A baby feeds - cries - feeds - cries - feeds - cries… This is the pattern of a healthy baby and this ‘craving’ should mark our our new life in Christ.
As we’ve seen, our conversion and growth are the gift and work of the Spirit, however, God involves us in this. A baby cannot cause itself to be conceived or grow but it plays a vital part by craving and feeding.
Crave pure spiritual milk
This spiritual milk is a summary of feeding ourselves in the many ways that the Lord provides; however, I think that it has a particular emphasis on the Word of God. The Bible feeds us and causes us to grow and bear good fruit. We read of the power of truth to bring growth:
‘Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.’ (Ephesians 4:15)
As we need food if we are to grow and be healthy, so we need God’s Word in order to grow and be healthy.
How can we become more like a newborn baby in regards to our craving and feeding on God’s ‘spiritual milk’ of the Word?
Of course, there is much advice around this subject, however, the most important thing is to start, keep it simple and to stick with it.
COMMUNITY GROUP NOTES AND STUDY
Until September I'll not be producing a group study. However, if you meet with your group why not simply use one of the devotionals as a basis for your discussion together?