1 Peter 2:2 - “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.”
“crave” – desire- very strong word in the Greek. It represents our deepest longing.
The failure to either desire or to receive this pure milk of the word is the reason for stunted or stagnant spiritual growth.
Spiritual maturity is achieved through becoming more like Jesus Christ. After salvation, every Christian begins the process of spiritual growth, with the intent to become spiritually mature. It’s an ongoing process will never end in this life.
Spiritual maturity, then, is the process of recognizing our complete dependence on God and learning to rely on Him rather than ourselves. As we grow and mature in our relationship with Him, we realize how much we need Him.
We are called to walk in the Spirit. As led by God, we walk, one step at a time by the Spirit’s direction. As we continue to say yes to God, as we yield to his will, as we apply the word of God to our lives…we grow. We mature.
There is no growth without obedience. As children are dependent upon their parents to help them grow (nutrition, environment, protection, teaching) we too are dependent on our heavenly father. He guides. He directs. We follow. We obey. As a result we mature.
Today’s challenge: Find consistency with the milk or meat of God’s Word. Not because you have to, but because you want to. And if the desire is simply not there…ask God to give it to you. It’s a prayer he loves to answer.
- What is the difference between the "milk" of the Word and the "meat of the word?
- What are the steps to growing in spiritual maturity?
- What role does our obedience play in growing to become spiritually mature?
- Will we ever arrive at complete spiritual maturity?
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