Are You Up For Peter’s Challenges?
1. Are you ready to ‘Grow Up’ spiritually?
I 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.”
I love new baby Christians. I love everything about them; their endless questions as they seek to know more about Jesus, their desire to shout from the rooftops to tell everyone about Jesus but most of all I love the look on their faces. The glow on the face of a new Christian can light up a room. I love the way their hearts and minds are like sponges – soaking up everything they can about Jesus and what a new life in Him really means.
Our twin grandsons just celebrated their second birthday. When I think back to the day they were born I can remember looking into their faces and being in awe of the miracles of our loving God has just given to us. Those two babies were totally dependent on their parents, especially their mother. Their mother was the source of the nourishment they needed in order to thrive and to grow.
Newborn Christians are dependent on those around them to help them as they grow in their new life in Christ. They have questions and are seeking answers from mature Christians. All followers of Christ were in the same place at one time with an insatiable appetite for knowledge of Jesus.
It is the responsibility of those of us who are followers and disciples of Christ to help feed and nurture the new babies in Christ Jesus. Before we can do this we have to accept the challenge and ‘grow up’ into a mature Christian.
Personally I am still in the ‘growing up’ stage of my walk with Christ. After 24 years I am still learning and gleaning and I will continue the ‘growing up’ process until Jesus calls me home. Until that day comes I am going to continue to help those new babies whom Jesus places along my path.
As long as I am on earth I intend to continue to grow daily in the nurture and admonition of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.