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.