Desire the pure spiritual milk

1 Peter 2--2-3

Revised and re-posted is a previous blog entry:

The Verse of the Day for March 20, 2016 comes from 1 Peter 2:2-3 (Holman Standard Bible):

Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, so that you may grow by it for your salvation, since you have tasted that the Lord is good.

In a similar manner to that of a newborn who expresses a need for nourishment in the natural, so we as believers desire the “sincere milk of the word” whereby we may grow spiritually. Once an infant is hungry, he or she will make known the need for sustenance and cry out until that hunger is satisfied. The word translated “desire” is translated from the verb meaning to yearn or long for.

As we mature and grow up, having tasted the goodness of the Lord, we find that our appetite changes, or so it should. Hebrews 5:12-14 remind us of the change in diet that should take place:

12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word. You are like babies who need milk and cannot eat solid food.
13 For someone who lives on milk is still an infant and doesn’t know how to do what is right.
14 Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.

As mature followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, we demonstrate our desire for more of the life-sustaining Word of God, as we pursue spiritual matters. The following poem which relates to yesterday’s blog entry entitled “Fruit of the spirit abounding” also personalizes our yearning for more of God:

The Proof of Desire

Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts,
but especially that you may prophesy.
I Corinthians 14:1

The proof of desire is pursuit.
Mike Murdock

In each new season may our lives abound with fruit,
As we follow after God and seek His favor,
To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

This passion to please is our relentless pursuit,
As we seek to taste His goodness and to savor.
In each new season may our lives abound with fruit.

As a seasoned tree is strengthened from leaf to root,
We flow with fullness of joy as we labor,
To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

Though we may seek as silver His wisdom and truth,
This life swiftly passes, fleeting as a vapor.
In each new season may my life abound with fruit.

We have yearned for God’s presence, even as a youth
And now forsake all to scale the heights of Mount Tabor,
To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

That we seek to know God’s will no one can dispute,
To follow in the steps of Jesus, our Savior.
In each new season may our lives abound with fruit,
To show that the proof of desire is pursuit.

In reflecting upon the pursuit of spiritual matters, I thought of the lyrics of the Don Moen song “My Soul Follows Hard after Thee”

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2 Responses to “Desire the pure spiritual milk”

  1. Mollie Kaufman Says:

    I had not heard this worship song in such a long time. Thank you for posting. The whole devotional was such a blessing.

  2. Dr. J Says:

    Thanks so much so for the encouraging words. I continue to celebrate our mutual love for the Word of God and the music of Don Moen.

    Blessings always.

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