By Pastor Lee Hemen
May 21, 2008
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)
What do you crave in life? Oh come on, you know there are some things that you literally “crave.” For some it is chocolate, for others it is sweet tea on a hot summer’s day, and for others it may be mom’s homemade apple pie fresh from the oven with a scoop of hand-cranked vanilla ice-cream on top! It does not have to be food, it can be the sound of a brook as it makes laughter over the rocks or the smell of soft pines on a warm day. It can be the salt air of the beach early in the morning or the sound of the birds as they wake up the earth every day. We can crave the company of friends that makes us laugh, family that we love, or the hugs and kisses of little children and the sweet beauty of young love. There are a lot of things we may crave in life, but do you crave the presence of your Lord?
Peter related that Christian’s should crave the discovery of the spiritual truth like an infant that nuzzles its mother’s breast in search of nourishment. Why? “So that by it you may grow up in your salvation!” Far too many stay infants suckling rather than growing into the strapping men and women of God they need to be. You find them crying for God to “bless” them as they wave their hands in the air hoping against hope that they will feel something, anything, that seems like a stirring of the Spirit. They flock to the good show on Sunday morning seeking their latest “fix” at the nipple of manufactured spirituality. They buy the latest holy volume from their favorite poetic Christian author trying to discover something in its pages they cannot experience without the help of prepackaged material that focuses on their maleness, their femininity, or the generation they are part of. Let me say it plain like Peter did: If you do not crave God’s spiritual milk, you will never grow up. You will remain an adolescent in your spirituality and immature in your faith. You will always depend on others to make you feel the presence of God rather than knowing it from your walk with Him. It takes work. It takes time. It takes your effort and willingness to be alone with Him on a consistent and daily basis.
Here’s a suggestion: Try going without the same amount of meals as the number of times you never spend with the Lord. You miss a day with God, no meals that day. Not even a bedtime snack. How long would you survive? Would you starve in short order? And you wonder why you are still an infant in Christ.
Dear child of the King, your salvation is just the beginning of your journey with Jesus. It is just a mere “taste” of the things to come as you walk with Him day by day. Will you settle for one single taste of something you should crave? (Not me!) I guarantee that if you go without several meals as you follow your lack of time with Him, you will crave sustenance. In fact, you will begin to crave anything that resembles food, even if it is rotten. Far too many folks are eating rotten spiritual food because in their spiritual hunger they settle for ungodly scraps garnered from the dregs of others rather than from the table set before them by God Himself! Therefore, little one, “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.”
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