1 Peter 2:2 “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.”

 

When babies are born, they cannot speak or communicate in any way except through crying. For some odd reason only the mother knows what the different cries mean (I guess it’s a mystery I will never know). When a baby craves for milk, they become restless; their cry cannot be ignored- it demands an action from anyone who hears the cry. Once the craving for milk is fulfilled, they smile and giggle and are at peace.

Peter encourages us as believers to show the same attitude where the word is concerned – to crave the word, to have a strong desire for the word so that we may grow. Milk is essential for bone growth in humans; we are not called to be spiritual dwarfs but God wants us to be giants where the word is concerned. People who use drugs also have cravings, and they go to extreme measures to see to it that they get their “high” – the question to you is, are you hooked or not?

It is amazing how it is easy for us to sing “I am desperate for You” and yet we do not show any signs of desperation to know God. For those of us who might live with people who are hooked on drugs, you would know that these people are prepared to sell anything and everything just to see their desire fulfilled. As a result they cannot be trusted to be alone in the home because things could go missing – what have you sacrificed to know God more? Peter could have chosen any other subject for the believers to crave for, but he chose the word. Below are the main reasons I believe he did.

1. It is God-breathed and is useful to equip us

2Timothy 3: 16-17 “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Imagine a plumber coming to your house without any equipment in his hands?

2. It saves us from immorality

James 1:21 “Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent, and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”

3. It is life!

John 6:63B “…The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.”

This is why Peter wants us to grow in the word; he wants the believer to be equipped for the work of God, he wants the believer to be pure for God’s work and above all he wants us to have life – the life and breath of God. My desire is that as children of God we should “get hooked” on the word to such an extent that we go to all extremes to get more of it; that we never have enough of God’s word! Sister Neo put it this way: “We need to crave the word like people craving for nyaope!” whatever you crave for, you will be prompted to act towards fulfilling it – may it be the word of God.