Just as parents feed and nurture their children so that they will grow, GOD WANTS YOU TO GROW. He wants you to have a healthy appetite for His Word with which He feeds and nurtures you. And just as parents warn their children about dangers to their health and life, God warns you. "Rid yourselves of all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind." Sin is deadly and must be dealt with as the poison that it is. So He says bluntly, "Get rid of it." Address it. Confess it. Repent of it. Turn away from it. God tells you this because you matter to Him. Your spiritual health matters to Him.
So He continues: "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 Peter 2:1-3) The more you feed on God’s Word, the more you see, know, and understand the goodness of God. Taste His goodness in the life Jesus lived for you, the death He died for you, and the victory over death He gives you. That is the taste of salvation, the forgiveness of your sins! Does it seem simplistic to stress these facts of salvation again and again? Your physical nourishment is built on the same basic elements day by day; you cannot live without them. But as you feed on them, you live, you grow…you flourish! Feed on God’s Word and taste and see for yourself how He equips, guides, and guards you through whatever you face in life. And most importantly, He will keep you focused on what matters most, your salvation in Christ. For this very reason, GOD WANTS YOU TO GROW.
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.