Updated: Nov 11, 2021
“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.” (I Peter 2:2, emphasis mine)
Right here. This.
The significance of why, as born-again believers in Christ, we need to “crave pure spiritual milk.” The necessity of a desperate desire for God’s Word and the cruciality of its consumption.
And not just occasionally, here and there when the notion strikes, but making it as much a routine habit as a dependent, helpless baby's whose life and well-being are contingent upon his continuous, daily intake of milk. Oh-so-wonderful. . .oh-so-satisfying. . .nourishing milk!
Very clearly, Peter communicates its significance in I Peter 2:2. It’s so that we “grow up in [our] salvation.” So that you and I grow up into a mature child of God—the Father's desire for each of his children.
Bottom line: Without ongoing, daily consumption of the Word, our spiritual growth is naturally hindered; and over time, what results is spiritual malnourishment:
overall weakness, lethargy and lifelessness.
Certainly not the thriving spiritual life Christ’s sacrificial death makes accessible and attainable.
Certainly not the kind of life befitting of a King's kid.
And. . .certainly not the alive, vibrant life a dark and dying world so desperately needs to encounter.