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 Peter 2:2-3 (NIV).
If you’re like me, sometimes a glass of milk simply hits the spot.
People who are new to faith in Christ are, according to Peter, like newborn babies needing milk. They need the Spirit of Jesus to feed them, to keep them alive, to help them grow, to nourish them on things that matter most. When we get older – when our faith begins to mature – we supposedly crave less milk. It’s not that we don’t still need His nourishment. Instead, we can dig deeper into a heartier meal. We can begin to explore His Word for deeper understanding, for more solid food, for different tastes and different meanings.
Yet every now and then, we should get back to basics. Every now and then, we need a cleanse, a detox from the world. The richer food of faith still nourishes us but sometimes our systems need simpler food. Maybe the ways of the world have made us sick; maybe we need to re-focus on the foundations of believing. Following Jesus. Simply listening to Him as He communicates to us. Simply doing what He asks without searching for more depth. Just being in the faith.
When that happens, open the fridge (or wherever you keep your Bible), and just focus on the words of Jesus. Pour yourself a glass of milk and just accept at face value what He’s telling you. Even the most learned scholars still need to hear, “Jesus loves me this I know. For the Bible tells me so.” Drink up and enjoy. It’s good for your bones; it’s good for your soul. It’s what you need.
Granted: there are some people who can’t handle milk. Some people are intolerant of it. That’s ok: He’ll meet you where you are, with whatever you need. He is the point; the Word is the point, not so much how it gets into you. If it takes soy milk, then so much the better. Or almond. Or even just a glass of water. Didn’t you know that He told us He’s the living water, too? In Him are streams of living water that permanently refresh us. In Africa, they say “water is life,” and how true that is. Without water, we cannot survive. Without Jesus, we cannot survive.
Without milk, a young baby cannot survive. It’s how they are nourished, how they build up muscle, strength, and immunity. Not much about that changes as we age. Without the spiritual milk of Jesus, we cannot survive. With it, what matters most will never die.
For further reading: Psalm 34:8, John 4:10, 1 Peter 2:4
Lord Jesus, I need Your spiritual nourishment and Your living water. Fill me today so that I may share with so many others.