Families/Individuals with No Young Children

Families/Individuals with no young children, please follow this devotional by Theo Cox:

1 Peter 2:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

2 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 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.

Every day I look out the window and see our neighbors dog chained up with his dog house and bowl of water. He spends most of his day out there watching cars go by and wishing he was free to run. Even though he is chained up, he still tries to chase after or run to the things that go by, but no luck. I wonder how many people feel like my neighbors’ dog within their life. No matter what they do they can’t move forward, they are trapped in the same area all day, every day. In so many words, Peter is telling us that our chains come when we have malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of ever kind within out lives. When we have these things in our lives, we can’t fully grow within the Lord because our ability to grow is just outside of our chains reach. God is like the car driving by, the ball just outside of our reach, or the person jogging by with another dog. We want to chase after him or just run to him, but we can’t.

So, what does Peter tell us to do about these chains?

He tells us to get rid of it all, and to cast it away from our lives. Only then can we reach him to get the spiritual milk for us to grow. Through scripture we are told to be like a child or baby because of the innocence. The reason being is that the younger a person is, the more innocence they tend to have. In other words, we tend to grow in to our problems versus growing out of them. But in 1 Peter 2:2, he specifically uses a new born baby to compare our walk with Christ. This is because a baby is the most dependent thing on this earth. They can’t survive without a care taker the only food they crave is milk. They cry all day because they are hungry for milk. Just like a baby craves milk, we are to crave the holy spirit, the Word of God.

The dog craves the ability to be free to run, the baby craves milk, and we are to crave the Lord in his entirety.

What chains are holding you back and how will you get free?

Optional Song: BLANCA - Real Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKG_3u_kdJ8

Guided Prayer: Merciful Father, I come before you today, humbled by my weakness. I’m so easily distracted by the priorities of this world, most of which have no eternal value. It’s too easy for me to rob myself of your life-giving presence by making time for anything and everything else before I spend time in your Word. Thank you for sending your Son to free me from the prison of the sinful desires of my flesh. Fill me with your Holy Spirit to continue the good work you began in me, reshaping me to be like Christ. Transform my heart to crave your Word, to your glory. Amen.