When I started this blog 2 years ago, my intent was to base it of the Proverbs 31 woman. However, I had no direction as to what I would post constantly based upon that topic. So I created a static page by the title of Encouragement and added a post with the qualities of the Proverbs 31 woman under that post. And then for a while, I posted other “spiritual” type posts under the same page.
Albeit, I have long strayed away from posting anything “bible” related. Not that all my other posts (recipes, organizing, family activities, etc) are non-biblical but you get the picture. I have been wanting to get back into a once-a-week routine of posting some kind of biblical principle. So here we go…… My first post in this Growing in Grace series is on the command itself in 1 Peter 2:2. The scriptures talk about growing in God’s word in 1 Peter 2:2, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby”. What does that look like for us? When a baby is born, he/she needs appropriate milk to help him/her grow and develop in that first year. But wait, babies do not stop drinking milk after 1 year. They may move on to a different kind of milk but they still need some kind of milk to give them that calcium and whatever else milk does for children. We often tell kids that they need to drink their milk to help them “grow and get big just like mommy and daddy”!
As believers, God’s word is our “milk”. Whether we are new or seasoned Christians there is always something to learn from God’s word. For a while, it seems like I was not growing at all. I felt backslidden in heart. I felt like I was missing out on God’s principles because I was not applying myself as much as I could. I was reading the same passages of scriptures over and over again – just because they were short and easy to find and my bookmark was there. Or even more so, they were the first ones that showed up when I opened my bible. I have read; I have done my devotions. Check mark. Anyone with me on this?
If that what it is all about, then I guess the point is missed here. It is not about reading quickly to add check marks to remove the guilt of not reading. It is a matter of searching scriptures to understand who God is and to live by the principles He has laid out for us.
I have been learning quite a bit from reading God’s word and from messages in our Church. God has given our church an amazing pastor. His challenges are so deep and mind blowing. I can tell he speaks from his heart, with great conviction from what he has learned from God’s word. I want to dig deeper into God’s word and do more in-dept study. I want to learn. I want to apply God’s word. I want to grow. How about you? Have you been trying (with God’s help) to grow in His word?