"As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby." 1 Peter 2:2
We often use this verse to encourage new converts to read and study God's word/the Bible. And so we should. When a person comes to Christ and receives salvation, it is called the "new birth", or they are "born again". They have experienced a spiritual new birth inside. So just like a baby has to have milk to grow physically, a new baby in Christ has to have milk to grow spiritually-- that milk is the word of God.
This verse is not just addressing new born babes in Christ, it is written for all of us who are saved through faith in Jesus- no matter how long we have been saved. My physical body never stops growing- it is growing from the cradle to the grave. (Sometimes it feels like it's just growing old- but it is still growing nevertheless.) In the same way that my physical body never quits growing, my spirit never stops growing either. There will never be a time when we will be too old to grow spiritually. We never will "arrive" and know all there is to know while we are living here in this world. So we need to drink the milk and eat the meat of God's word. It is not just reserved for "babies".
The verse really is an admonition for us to keep thirsty for God's word- never stop craving it. When a baby gets hungry for its milk, it is no small matter. They let you know by crying. They will cry long and loud until you give them their bottle. Nothing will satisfy them until they get it. This is how we should be about God's word. We should crave it more than anything. We should not be satisfied until we get it. Does this describe you? Do you hunger and thirst for God's word? Do you feel like you can't live if you don't get to read it each day? Is it something you feel you can live with or without? Do you go for days at a time without reading the Bible? Does it sit in your vehicle from one Sunday to the next? Or lie on the counter where you put it after church until it is time to go to church again?
The milk of God's word is not restricted to new babes only. It is for all of us. We have to drink it everyday. We have to take in its nutrients everyday if we are going to grow and develop spiritually.
Have a great day. Are you taking in the milk of God's word everyday?
For further reading:
1 Peter 1:23
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