Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation ~1 Peter 2:2
What are you craving in your life? Are you craving Jesus or the junk the devil wants you to fill your mind with? The strength of our commitment is going to depend on how much we desire / crave Christ in our heart.
Many people seem to have an appetite for destruction. The kind of attitudes and thoughts that destroy our relationships are so common. Malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, slander – we see them demonstrated often and never to any good end. The devil uses these to demolish friendships, marriages, churches, and even our own commitment to God. When they are present we are craving all the wrong things. The Scriptures declare how craving evil things leads us away from God (1 Corinthians 10:5-7; Galatians 5:16-17; 1 John 2:16-18)
And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. (1 John 2:18, NLT)
How do we change our appetite and instead cultivate an appetite for salvation?
Feed Your Soul (1 Peter 2:2-3 ). Babies start out with the most basic nutritional needs and grow from there. Feeding on the milk of the word is the beginning place. Are you feeding your soul? How are you going about that? One hour a week in church is not enough – you’ll starve your soul to death.
Grow Into God’s Purposes. As you come to Jesus, God goes to work in building you spiritually into the person He desires you to be (1 Peter 2:4). When we grow into His purposes for our life we will begin to crave more and more of Jesus and His presence in our lives.
Grow into God’s Purpose of Holiness (1 Peter 2:5). He builds you into a holy priesthood. In the Old Testament priests had to first cleanse themselves. We must stop conforming our thinking to the patterns of the world and instead be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1-2) so that we can become the holy people God wants us to be.
Grow into God’s Purpose of Service. Once priests had cleansed themselves they could offer up sacrifices for others. They helped other people with their God-connection, encouraging people to love and serve God.
Grow into God’s purpose of Trust (1 Peter 2:6). Life can be rough on our hearts, and sometimes it can cause us to stumble. We are craving Jesus, filling our heart with spiritual food to grow strong so that we continue to trust. As such we will never be put to shame.
Grow in God’s Purpose of Praise (9-10). God called us to live lives as chosen, royal, holy people that belong to Him. Let it soak in. What has God called us out of? 2. What has God called us to? Now declare that!
Do you have an appetite for God? No doubt Satan has tried to keep us satisfied with so much less. Don’t make the mistake of being satisfied by the world’s table, and rejecting Christ in your heart (2 Peter 2:7-8). We need to ask ourselves if Satan has stolen our appetite by filling our hearts with wasted things that take up the space where Jesus should be.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. ~Matthew 5:6
Not only should you crave Jesus, you can be filled with Him!
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