“So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” 1 Peter 2:1-3
Growing can be understood as a series of decisive breaks with the old to begin something new.
That is why growing is part beauty and part pain. With each new ability or development comes a loss as well. Sometimes, what we lose is an ignorance or innocence. Sometimes, we are developing past a fear or a limitation. Other times, what we break from is a source of comfort and joy—even if it’s morally bankrupt.
Someone who has experienced the rescue of Jesus, has begun a life-long journey of growth in the Lord. The Holy Spirit leads us to put off, rid ourselves of, sin and immature beliefs. At the same time, He leads us to put on new God-glorying actions and thoughts informed by the Word of God. These decisive breaks are initiated through continuous moments of repentance, which then initiate a deeper faith and lifestyle fueled by the Spirit.
How might God be calling you to grow? Is the Holy Spirit convicting you of areas of sin or immaturity that should be repented of? Have you asked for God to give you a desire and longing to grow in your faith? Having tasted that the Lord is good, we then love growing up.
Father, thank you for your goodness to me through my salvation in Christ. Please, change me to be more like you Christ in my daily life. Give me an unshakable desire to grow in your ways and by your power. Convict me of sin and lead me to repentance. Challenge me with the truth of your Word. May I see and enjoy you, forever! Amen.
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