All of us have seen a baby that was “starving”. He is screaming bloody murder and the mother cannot get the bottle ready quick enough. When the baby finally gets the bottle, he gulps and gasps for air as he tries to drink in the milk as fast as he can. The milk is all that the baby cares about; that baby longs for its milk.
Peter says in 1 Peter 2:2 “like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation…”
Peter is saying to long for the pure milk of God’s Word. When you long for something you deeply desire it with the implication of recognizing lack. You understand your need for the truth from God’s word. It’s not a need for someone’s opinion or commentary, but it’s a need for the pure unadulterated or unaltered words of the Bible. You desire it; you need it.
A three-month-old baby is cute when he needs to be bottle fed milk. At age three, they are still drinking milk, but they need to consume solid foods if they wish to grow strong.
Hopefully you long for God’s Word like a little baby wanting its bottle of milk. It is great when you become a spiritual babe in Christ — but you shouldn’t stay a baby. You need to mature in your faith. Sadly, in our churches there are people who have been Christians for 30, 40, and 50 years, but are still spiritual babies. It is time that you wean yourself off milk, and to start consuming solid foods.
Hebrews 5:12-14 says, “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant. But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.”
In First Corinthians chapter three, Paul first gave them the milk of the word and planted this church. He left them in hope that they would mature in their faith, but came back to find that they are still infants in Christ. They were men of the flesh and not spiritually mature. They were fighting amongst themselves and began to pick sides instead of coming together in unity.
1 Corinthians 3:9 says, “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.”
Those who have accepted Christ as their Savior are God’s building. It is the people, not an actual building that is the church. The church is composed of those that are God’s fellow workers, who should be working together towards the same goal: God’s glory. There is no need to be in disunity like the Corinthian church was. No need for it!
We are in God’s field — this is a contrast to a regular pasture land. This is a cultivated field that is restricted to tilled fields or orchards and is expecting fruit and growth.
God wants to bring fruit and growth in the lives of His people. Spiritual babies will have some growth with milk, but real maturity only begins as one starts consuming solid foods. This is only done as we long to spend time in God’s Word and let God Himself teach us.
By Brian Hill Downpour Fellowship www.downpour.me