“Like newborn babies, long for the pure
milk of the word, so that by it you
may grow in respect to salvation.”
– 1 Peter 2:2
One of the effects of living in the United States is that we get things when we want it, regardless of the impediment. If we don’t have money, we use credit cards. If we want to be more slim, we get an operation. The list is endless when it comes to achieving things that would otherwise be difficult if not impossible
When it comes to spiritual growth, is there a shortcut? Some people think that they can become holy by popping a pill as in this video. Sadly, there is no such thing as a shortcut to spiritual maturity. God has established the means to spiritual growth by His Word. In 1 Peter 2:2, Peter draws on the parent/child relationship to convey a parallel with the spiritual realm. We all know the dependence newborn babies have on their mothers milk. They don’t eat T-bone steaks or munch on cheesecake; all they want is milk, milk, milk.
Our daily (spiritual) diet should consist Scripture reading if we are to see ourselves maturing and being conformed more and more to the image of our Lord. We are not alone in this journey; Christ Himself promised to send the Spirit to lead us into all truth (see Jn. 14:16-31). What a comfort that is?!
Sometimes we experience “mountain” experiences where our excitement and passion for the Word is good, but there are those times when we go through spiritual “valleys” where our emotions are not where we would want them to be; nonetheless, we push onward knowing the prize that’s in store for us.
“And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified” (Acts 20:32).
Sin might also be a hindrance in our time in the Word (cf. 2 Pet. 2:1). If so, we are to confess and pursue holiness . . . and we do that by abiding in the Word constantly as our only supply for spiritual life. We memorize it not show-off, but to have a spiritual bank of sorts in our minds where we can constantly dwell on it and not sin against God.
“Your word I have treasured in my heart / That I may not sin against You” (Ps. 119:11).
More can be said of spiritual growth, but this is one of the essential “ingredients” in growing. May we be like newborn babies—utterly dependent on our heavenly Father— longing for His Word. All in all, may God be glorified as we reflect the glory of His Son more and more to a lost and depraved world in desperate need of the Savior.