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
“Like newborn infants long for the pure spiritual milk…” For those of you that have ever seen a baby, especially a newborn you know how much they long for milk, they crave it, they need it. They know exactly where to get what they need because their mother has always been the source of their sustenance. Likewise, we are to crave the pure spiritual milk of our Father who is the only one who can give us the sustenance that we need.
Like newborn babies there is only one place that we can receive what we truly need and we crave it. We receive the power of the Holy Spirit in fullness when we are baptized into Christ and as we press into Him we are fed and long for more of the goodness that we have received. However, just as babies grow up and learn to eat solid food we, as Christians, must also grow. Hebrews 5:13-14 says that “anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil.”
Have you grown in your righteousness? Have you trained yourselves to distinguish the difference between good and evil? We all get pulled in different directions throughout the day and sometimes it can be difficult to differentiate the difference between what is good for us and what is not because anything that God has created for good the enemy has created something that represents a false goodness in an attempt to lure us from the Father. So crave the pure spiritual milk and learn to stand in righteousness as you learn to eat solid food. Grow in your faith and stand strong in the Lord. The battle is all around us and we must fight for ourselves and for one another in faith. We must stand together in righteousness and fill in the gaps when others fall so that they may be guarded from the attack and be able to get back on their feet and into the fight.