Get Growing!

, by Christopher D. Hudson

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation. (1 Peter 2:2)

Accepting Christ as Savior is just the beginning of the Christian life. Once we are born  again, we start the growing process. The key to that process is God’s Word, which gives  us nourishment. We can’t grow without it.

Like all newborns, we start with milk. The apostle Peter says we should “crave”  it (1 Peter 2:2). We start by digesting the basics of the faith—the well-known stories in  Scripture and the general outline of what it means to be a Christian.

We must not stop there, however. In 1 Corinthians 3:2, the apostle Paul makes it  clear that there is a difference between spiritual milk and spiritual solid food. If we don’t progress to solid food—the more complex teachings in Scripture—we cannot continue growing as Christians.

God expects us to grow constantly. He wants us to learn about him and his nature.  He wants us to know what he has done in the past. He wants us to know what he is going to do in the future. He wants us to crave the nourishment of his Word in the same way we crave food when we are hungry. He wants us to become spiritually mature.

Dear God, thank you for feeding us through the words of Scripture. Help us continue to  grow by reading and obeying your Word. Amen.

This devotion was written for Once a Day: At the Table Family Devotional. This is a family-oriented devotional book written by my writing team & me. Reprinted with permission.

1 comment:

  1. The basics are a must in every endeavor we need to learn. Not knowing the basics is like the blind leading the blind. It is being in darkness. The very first thing we need to know is that first before anything else...God first loved us. Accepting that God loves us, He will provide for all our needs. Spiritual milk is the basics.