Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 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. (1 Pet 2:1-3, NIV) The concepts presented by the Apostle Peter in this passage are not very difficult to understand; however, for one to truly apply them, humility is required. One phrase I’ve heard on several occasions, which I’ve observed to be true, states “Grown folks will do what grown folks wanna do!” Peter, in this text, is telling “grown folks” that if they expect to grow spiritually, that have to get rid of that “grown folks” mindset, which is what drives evil actions, lying, hypocrisy, evil speech, etc., and revert back to an “infant-like” one. Universally, milk is essential for the proper growth and development of an infant. While God has allowed man to develop milk formulas and substitutes that have proven to be adequate, doctors advise that milk from the mother’s breast is the most nourishing and most beneficial for the baby because it contains the mother’s antibodies, nutrients and such. If we can liken milk from the mother’s breast to the sincere and pure milk of the word, we can then see that while alternative ways for people to live and develop themselves exist, those alternatives are limited in comparison to God’s design. Only the pure word, God’s holy and divine word, can help us to grow and develop spiritually. The milk of His word gives His children what’s needed to be the people He wants them to be; the people who live the type of lives He wants them to live. So here’s a new saying, “The word of God will make those folks that are spiritually grown humble themselves and do what God wants them to do!” Keep in mind however, that just as babies transition from milk to stronger foods and meats, Christians must allow the word of God to build up their spiritual digestive systems so that they can advance from spiritual milk to spiritual meat as well! Don’t fall into the same category of spiritual malnourishment as those identified in the book of Hebrews. Hebrews 5:12 says, “By now you should be teachers, but you need someone to teach you again the first lessons of God’s message. You still need the teaching that is like milk. You are not ready for solid food.” (NCV) It’s time to get your “spiritual grown man/woman” on Christians!

MD 7/13/12