“Like a newborn baby, desire the pure milk of [God’s] word. Nourished by it, you will grow into salvation, since you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (1 Peter 2:2-3)
A person who commits their heart and life to Jesus starts a new life that is similar to that of a newborn infant. But as with babies, our spiritual life cannot grow by itself – there must be specific things we do to nourish and grow in it. Several years ago, I ran across the following list of things that we can do to maintain and grow in spiritual health, just like an infant:
1) Daily Food – take in the “pure milk of God’s word” (scripture) through daily study and meditation (1 Peter 2:2).
2) Fresh Air – Pray often or you will faint. Prayer is the oxygen of the soul (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
3) Regular Exercise – Regularly put into practice what you learn in God’s word (James 1:22).
4) Adequate Rest – Rely on God at all times in simple faith (Psalm 37:7).
5) Clean Surroundings – Avoid evil company and anything that weakens you spiritually (1 Corinthians 15:33-34).
6) Loving Care – Be an active part of a church family where you can benefit from spiritual encouragement and Christian fellowship (Hebrews 10:25).
7) Periodic Checkups – Regularly examine your spiritual health (1 Corinthians 11:28).
As we continue our sermon series on the book of Revelation, remember that these “tips” were ones that some of the churches of Revelation forgot to do, and they ended up with spiritual problems. I pray that you’ll not follow their example but will instead follow these on your way to getting and staying spiritually healthy! Remember that God loves you and I do, too!