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Don’t infants just melt your heart? They have such wide eyes of wonder gazing up into your face and checking out the world. They may blow bubbles or smile. We see them and say, “Ahh.” Well, that’s how babies look when they’re content. If a baby is hungry, the eyes are screwed shut and the mouth is open and fussing. But when they get the bottle, they concentrate and nurse eagerly.
Peter paints a similar picture in 1 Peter 2:2-3, “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (NIV)
Notice the passage says we should grow up in our salvation. Just as babies need to grow, we also need to mature in our faith. We must crave that pure spiritual milk just as babies crave the bottle.
But what is that milk we should crave? At first glance, you may think this refers to God’s Word. But I think it is more than that. Notice the phrase about tasting that the Lord is good. The surrounding verses also talk about ridding ourselves of hypocrisy, envy and other character flaws. We have been purified by our new birth. We are to love others deeply. I think the longing Peter references is to be like Jesus. Do you want to grow in your faith? Then crave being like Jesus.
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