Lent 2009 (17) – Like little babies

Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation – if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
1 Peter 2:2-3

Peter does not think that growing spiritually is an otherworldly task. We are to long for spiritual milk and the image Peter uses is very down to earth. When I watch a baby feeding on milk then I begin to sense just how strong the desire Peter is talking about. For a baby, feeding is an all-consuming passion. They dedicate themselves totally to the task!

To long to be fed by God so that we can grow strong in our spiritual life has nothing airy-fairy about it. “If you have tasted what the Lord gives then you know it tastes good and so”, says Peter, “long for it – desire it with every ounce of your being. Let that longing pervade every part of your life.”

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