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05/19/2009

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"Like newborn babes, crave spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good" 1 Pet. 2:2).

When in a favorite baseball movie of mine, the manager wants to get the attention of his players, he says; "Its a simple game...you throw the ball, you catch the ball, you hit the ball." Although these are the basic skills of baseball, and everyone to a degree can do each of them, why aren't there more good baseball players? The key to being a poor, average, or good ballplayer is how well you can perform these "milk" skills. As you start playing against better players, your skill level must improve or you won't be able to compete.

Peter says here that "newborn babes crave the spiritual milk." He compares the nourishment of the physical self to nourishment of the spiritual self. It is a great comparison.When one is a baby, milk is the appropriate food. The writer of the Book of Hebrews (5:12-14) would no doubt have agreed with Peter's point here that in a sense, no one outgrows a need for milk. But life is more than childhood and our bodies have greater requirements than those found only in milk. Solid food reflects the more adult needs of people. As we become adults, there are more responsibilities in life. There are more things both to accomplish and avoid. It is only through the intake of solid food that we can meet these more stringent responsibilities.

With solid food we can recognize the priesthood of Jesus. We will be able to gain more knowledge and meditate upon it. Our morality in a world that would try to "pull us in," depends on that knowledge. That knowledge requires a greater nourishment than that found in milk. The Hebrew writer puts it this way in 5:14; "But solid food belongs to those who are full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." Morality isn't just a catch phrase. It is woven into the very fiber of the Christian. Knowledge, faith and practice necessitates an abundant amount of spiritual energy. How can we hope to teach others if our knowledge is only on the "milk level?" Milk will give us the basic skills, but solid food will refine those skills and make us powerful for the Lord. The game may be simple, I guess it just depends how good we want to get.

Have a wonderful day...Let your light shine for Him....Love mark Phil. 4:!!

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