" As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:"
1 Peter 2:2
With a new baby in the house, it is easy to find resonance in this scripture. The little ones have neither the ability nor the desire to eat a big juicy steak or a quick burger at the local fast food franchise. As newborns, they need one thing and one thing only for their nourishment. They need milk.
Milk, particularly mother's milk, provides them with ever nutrient needed to facilitate their growth and development. It has properties that help them to resist illness and build up their immune systems. It is nothing short of the perfect food. If you have ever seen one of the little ones go after it, you will know that their desire for it is strong and seemingly continuous. Before, long, their weight and vitality begins to multiply. Lastly, the feeding is an incredible bonding experience between mother and child.
As Christians, we too need spiritual food. Our food is the word. Like milk, it is the perfect food for us. It promotes spiritual growth and helps us increase our resistance to sin. There is nothing in it that is not needed and none of it should go to waste. We are to crave the word, needing to access it frequently lest we begin to perish, or worse, seek junk food creeds and catechisms that will ultimately destroy us. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for the righteousness found therein. This hunger brings us ever closer to our Lord.
Whether we come into contact with the written or spoken word, the scriptures are vital to our Christian lives and good for our souls.
"How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"
Loving Like Jesus,