Let us represent Christ in action and deed, not just empty words. Let us honor Him as believers, giving Him the glory in all that we say and do. Time for a heart check…
1 Peter 2: 2-3(NLT)
Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
I recently introduced rice cereal into my baby’s diet. My initial goal was to follow the recommended guideline of nursing exclusively for the first 6 months (she’s only a couple of weeks shy), but Alexandra was showing all the signs that she was ready for more. It’s a relatively minor change, and one that’s gradual, but already it’s made a world of difference! She is happy and satisfied with a full belly, and as her mom I want to do all that I can to ensure she is a healthy and strong little girl.
This very thought had me reflecting on God’s desire to see us grow. We begin as babies in our spiritual walk, but He wants to see a steady progression of our knowledge and understanding as we mature in Him. This progression means that we can’t remain a baby in the Lord forever, and through every phase we need more nourishment to sustain our appetite. That nourishment is directly found in Jesus Christ and the Word of God:
Matthew 4:4 (NKJV)
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”
He knows when we’re not getting enough spiritual food, and you know what, we know it too. We feel deprived, on edge and out of tune with our Spirit Man. You can’t put a price on Godly wisdom, and we should never be at a point of thinking we’ve “arrived”.
I simply wrote this post to encourage us all to do some self-evaluating. Are you studying the Bible on a consistent basis? Do you feel stagnant in your walk? What adjustments will help you get back on track? Are you getting the nourishment you need?
I want us all to be encouraged today, as we set our minds on Christ. As I leave you with these words from the Apostle Paul, never underestimate the power of growth!
So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.