Tonight I shared from 1 Peter 2:1-12. This is one of my favorite passages in the Bible because of the powerful messages it contains. I’m always especially struck by verse 9. “You are a chosen people” Peter says. It’s pretty amazing to consider that the God of the universe selects us for his purposes.
Anyway, as I reflect on what I shared tonight, my mind keeps going back to the first several verses that deal with Peter’s metaphor of “newborn babies”. He challenges his readers to grow up in their faith, to throw off their old ways and put on a new life.
This is where I think a lot of Christ followers get stuck. Earlier, Peter calls his readers “new creations”. Here, he encourages these new believers to continue on from that point. Too many people refuse, or are too lazy, to bring about continued transformation in their life. They’re content to be a undeveloped spiritual infant.
I suppose that the initial reaction to something like this is “we need more discipleship”–whatever that means. Is that a class? A workbook? A mentoring program?
I don’t think so. This is more than some kind of program; it’s about desire.
Peter says in verse 3, “now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”
It’s about realizing who God is and reacting to his goodness.
It’s like finding a treasure in a field and selling everything to obtain in.
When you realize (taste) the worth and beauty God, it’s no longer about obligation, but relationship and adoration.