A nest of newly hatched birds is nothing but gaping mouths. Christians could learn a thing or two from these babies.
All of us begin our physical life as an infant. The same is true for our spiritual life.
Just like those little birds want food, we should hunger for spiritual food. In the beginning, that means milk.
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word,” Peter writes in 1 Peter 2:2. That’s what the baby birds are trying to teach us. We are starving and we need to open our mouths wide.
You are what you eat
I hate feeling thirsty. It’s probably the reason why you rarely see me without a bottle of water nearby. And I drink it before my throat feels scratchy or my mouth cottony.
Do I treat God’s Word with the same desire?
If not, it might be the reason I’m a spiritual midget.
We have a cat we rescued from the streets as a kitten. He’s quite a bit smaller than the other cats, even though he eats every bit as much. He was almost five months old when we adopted him and hadn’t been eating right. After all, we baited the trap with a piece of pizza – not exactly a haven of nutrients for a growing kitty.
When we’re babes, we need the milk of God’s Word. Read the Gospels and relish the love Jesus showed to everyone. Soak in the Psalms and open your mouth to praise the Lord.
People always want to dive into Revelation. Ugh. That’s like giving grisly beef to a baby.
Read to grow
In 1 Peter 2:2, the apostle says we should desire the milk of God’s word that we “may grow thereby.”
We should want to read and study God’s Word because that’s the only way we can grow.
There will come a time when we want more than just milk. After a few months of a steady diet of milk, babies are craving something with more substance.
We should be the same. If we don’t have cravings for more of God’s Word, it could mean we need more milk.
Milk or meat
“For when the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat” (Hebrews 5:12).
If we study God’s Word with enough persistence, we eventually get to a place where the milk doesn’t satisfy. After all, when I’m hungry, a glass of milk is only going to stave off the ravenous beast for so long.
“Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil,” (Hebrews 5:15).
It isn’t just reading the Bible that makes us grow. We must use what we learn in our daily lives. When we exercise our sense of right and wrong – using the Bible as a barometer – we work up an appetite for the deeper things.
Feel like you’re not really growing? Dust off your Bible, open the cover and dig in. There’s a spiritual buffet waiting inside.
Next week: Fellowship: a Prescription for Growth