What Are You Craving?

This year is a grandparenting delight for us.  We are enjoying our first two with a special holiday trip to their community.  We are anticipating the birth of our third grandchild ….. I won’t say just when lest my daughter be ‘forced’ to correct my post!!  I can’t believe how quickly this stage of life has come…it seems just a ‘short’ time ago our daughters were being buckled into infant seats in our vehicle!

Babies don’t need special courses in identifying cravings.   When they want something, they want it NOW!

In First Peter, Peter urges young Christians to delete some cravings and indulge others!

Delete malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander.   Indulge your appetite for ‘pure spiritual milk.’

“Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”

How lethal are these evil desires?  What happens if you don’t clean out the spiritual ‘junk’ from your life?  Malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy and slander will rot your life from the inside out (as will any other sin).  Sin that is not acknowledged, confessed and forsaken will not sit dormant.  It will embed into every aspect of our personality and bring about a harvest of destruction.

So why do we cling on to our ‘pet’ sins?  Why do we believe that ‘the pleasures of sin’ will not prove disastrous?  How deceived have we been left by continual indulgence in patterns of evil?  “The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked, who can know it?”

A healthy baby has a strong craving for milk.  As a grandparent I can ruin my grandchildren’s appetite by indulging them with junk food.  Filling them up with sugary treats is an easy option.  One of our ‘roles’ is encouraging healthy appetites and limiting the indulging of desires which are not conducive to good health.   

 Isn’t that what all Christians are called to do on a genuine spiritual level?  There is great delight in watching young Christ followers ‘tasting‘ and discovering that ‘the Lord is good.’

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