Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
– 1 Peter 2:2
I was waiting, but 11-year olds don’t do that very well. The delivery of the daily mail had suddenly become more important than ever before. To a young boy who loved baseball, I had decided to take my game to another level. The Houston Colt 45’s along with the New York Mets were the new expansion teams in Major League Baseball’s National League. Through a promotional ad, I had boldly ordered an official Houston Colt 45’s scorebook and was eager for it to arrive. Finally, that day came, and my face was one big smile as I held it in my hands. Now, not only could I watch the Game of the Week on television, I could document every pitch and every play. I could go deeper into the game than ever before and better yet, I could go back and relive it any time I wanted. I knew and loved the game of baseball, but now I could enjoy the full experience.
Even with the passing years, sharing that memory brings me joy and excitement. In a strange kind of way, it also makes me think of my journey with Jesus. Like baseball, it’s difficult for me to remember a time when Jesus wasn’t part of my life. Through watching my parents, I knew a strong faith was important. Later, the time came for me to make my own decisions about Jesus and I prayed to make Him Lord and Savior of my life. When that decision was made, the journey didn’t end, it was only the beginning. I discovered it wasn’t enough just to know who Jesus is, I wanted to go deeper. I wanted to grow and be able to enjoy the full experience of knowing Him. Milk wasn’t enough, I needed some meat! I found that meat in God’s Word. Once I had a taste I wanted more. With each bite, I grew and matured in my faith. With that maturity, came another benefit. Not only could I go deeper, I could go back for another helping any time I wanted.
Heavenly Father, you know exactly what I need and you always make it available. Thank you for your Word. Teach me to go deep as I strive to grow in your love. Amen.