Babies in Christ
Scripture Reading — 1 Peter 2:1-3
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation. 1 Peter 2:2 —
Albert and his wife Danube live in the small Baltic country of Lithuania. Albert is 70 years old, and his wife is 68. They became believers in Christ and joined the church only 15 years ago. Albert writes: "We are still young children of God, and we have so much to look for?ward to in our walk with Christ!" This couple is excited about Sunday services, prayer meetings, and Bible studies at their local church.
When did your journey of faith begin? Are you enthu?siastic about your walk with Christ? Or are you maybe feeling spiritually bored--tired of reading the Scriptures and hearing about God?
In today's verses Peter addresses a diverse audience of believers. He speaks to mature Christians and to those who have just heard about Christ. But Peter's advice to both groups is the same. He tells his readers first to get rid of negative attitudes that can be harmful to our relationships with God and others. Then he urges them to crave the "pure spiritual milk" of the Word of God. Believers should be just as eager for God's truth as newborn babies are hungry for mother's milk. It's not childish or immature; it's healthy!
As we keep feeding on the Word of God, we grow in our understanding and appreciation of God's grace--and that makes us interested to know him more.
Lord, help us get rid of any negative attitudes we might have. Renew in us a sense of wonder and excitement in our walk with you. Nourish us by your Word and Spirit. Amen.