New Year Growth
1 Peter 2:1-3 …as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
Here comes another one, another New Year. I’m sure each New Year brings expectations that we will somehow grow beyond the past year, that we will somehow improve ourselves and our lot in life. Many people want career growth in the coming year. Some want to grow a business. Some want to grow a family. Some want to grow a church. Others simply want to grow their bank account. And there is nothing explicitly wrong with any of that as long as you do it in a God honoring way. But God has different priorities concerning our growth. In His Word He tells us to desire the pure milk of the Word and grow by consuming it.
Like newborn babies crave milk we are to crave God’s Holy Word, the Bible. You see, the more of the Word you get the more you grow in the things of God, and the more you grow the more milk you want. The more you consume the Word and internalize it the better you understand God’s plans for you and His expectations for your life. In a culture that is lactose intolerant; in a day when even many churches have contaminated the pure milk through contextualization and relativism; it is more important than ever that those who have tasted the grace of God seek spiritual growth by consuming the pure milk of His Word.
So in the coming year I implore you, and even more importantly the Lord commands you, to consume His Word like milk. If you do that there will come a day when you will be mature in your faith and able to eat strong meat, the solid food of God’s Word (Hebrews 5:12-14).
Have a God Filled 2022,