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Grow Up


1 Peter 2.1-3
So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

The main idea of chapter 2 verses 1-12 is that becoming a member of God's family initiates a lifelong building program. Just as buildings under construction improve in appearance as they near completion, so, too, should the behavior and attitudes of believers improve as we get nearer to our eternal reward.
 
As we look today at verses 1-3, I am reminded that one characteristic all children share is that they eagerly want to grow up—to be like big brother or sister or like their parents. When we are born again, we become spiritual newborn babies. If we are healthy, we will yearn to grow. How sad it is that some people never grow up. The need for milk is a natural instinct for a baby, and it signals the desire for nourishment that will lead to growth. Once we see our need for God’s Word and begin to find nourishment in Christ, our spiritual appetite will increase, and we will start to mature.
 
We will put off evidences of our old sinful nature: deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander as stated in verse 1. And we will desire the Word of God if we have truly tasted that the Lord is good as Peter states in verse 3. What Peter means is that believers in Jesus Christ have experienced a taste of God's grace in their lives. The goodness and grace of God should be our greatest incentives to spiritual growth and progress.
 
Does this describe you? Are you growing up in Christ? Are you maturing in your faith?
It is only when we feed upon the Word of God that we can become mature Christians. I encourage you today to make the reading and studying of God’s Word a daily practice. For only God’s Word has life, gives life, and nourishes life.
 
Pastor Jeff
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