1 Peter 2:2-3
2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. (NIV)
Welcome to the world of Tiktok. Self-proclaimed experts are everywhere. They have no training. They have not studied to show themselves approved. They have sought to understand the Scripture often without any accountability. But like piranhas in a frenzy, the world devours what they say, giving their words great influence. And even those with training and education may still not be good for us. The truth is that we don’t really know them, their character, or their life other than a compilation of 30-second videos, yet so many Christians make mentors out of these social media influencers.
I could pick on social media all day, but this is true within the churches as well. There are so many Christian voices out there saying so many different things with different takes, but all coming from a Scriptural perspective. But the Bible calls us to crave pure milk. We are supposed to test the spirits because there are many false prophets. (1 John 4:1).
In our passage today, Peter urges us to pursue the unadulterated Word of God. How can we determine what is pure and what is not?
We must follow the Word and test what we hear. Faith comes by hearing, but so does false doctrine and teaching. We need to discern if what we hear actually matches up with Scripture. We need to look for Scriptural evidence from those we listen to.
Peter is also comparing unadulterated truth to pure spiritual milk that will cause one to grow and mature. If we don’t sense that we are growing in the character of God, seeing our peace, love, and holiness increase, there could be two things happening. Either our exposure to pure spiritual milk is not as pure as we think, or the milk is sitting on the counter, not being consumed. We are listening with our heads, learning a lot, but not actually taking it into our hearts so that we will grow.
Let’s not fall into the trap to believe that God is easily known. The depths of His essence could never be fully discovered if that was all we did for the rest of our lives. He is too great to be fully known. But we can grow in our knowledge, understanding, and communion so that more of who He is becomes present in who we are and in our life.
Prayer: Lord, help me to slow down enough to ensure that I have pure spiritual milk and that I am drinking deep. Amen.
Erica SmithMarch 20, 2023 at 10:56 pm
I enjoy reading your daily devotions! Thank you
Pastor LeeMarch 22, 2023 at 12:06 pm
Thank you Erica. May the Lord bless you for the encouragement you give!