Grow | Cravings
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation. 1 Peter 2:2
Shrieks from down the hall interrupted the reunion of college buddies in Danny’s living room. Danny excused himself and returned, cradling his baby son who was guzzling a bottle of milk. Mitch stood up to get a closer look. “Wow, how did you know how to shut him up?” Danny shook his head at his bachelor friend. “Not rocket science, doofus. He’s a baby, and he’s hungry. Nine times out of ten, this is what he wants.”
Mitch lifted a skeptical brow. “How does he know? I mean, look at him. No offense, but he can’t even hold up his own head. How does he know he needs milk, did you teach him that?” Danny shoved his son into Mitch’s arms and kept the bottle. “Here. Try it yourself.” On cue, baby Liam let out a scream. Mitch grabbed the bottle and plugged up the scream. “Hm, it’s like magic. Not even a month old and already knows what’s good for ‘im. Cool kid, Dan!”
No one has to teach babies to crave milk. They are created with an inner alarm that goes off periodically and only milk will fully satisfy that hunger. Baby Christians are created with a similar alarm. When our spirits come alive in Christ, an inner alarm goes off and we begin to crave God and His truth. But just as a bottle of Pepsi won’t help a baby grow up, neither will inspirational tweets or worldly philosophy help our spirits grow up. Our starving souls need continual feeding from God’s word. Spiritual milk feeds our souls so that we can distinguish truth from error and fact from fiction, and without that healthy food, we won’t grow up.
Final Thought: If your soul does not crave spiritual milk from God’s word, you may not be healthy. What are you feeding on?
Prayer: Father, I’m like a baby that drinks only Pepsi, and my life is reflecting that. I need to get back on track. Stir in me once again a hunger for spiritual food from your word. Help me discipline myself to feast on what is good for my soul. Amen.