“As new babies want milk, you should want to drink the pure milk which is God’s Word so you will grow up and be saved from the punishment of sin. If you have tasted of the Lord, you know how good He is.” 1 Peter 2:2-3 NLV
All of my daughter’s infants were “juicy babies” – healthy newborns who plumped up on mom’s good milk.
I first heard the expression when my daughter lived in North Carolina. The women in her church fussed over her son Sammy, who was so well nourished on his mama’s milk that he was “juicy” as they put it, from the rings of baby fat visible on his arms and legs. My how those church ladies loved to hold him andpinch his chubby little legs.
As babies do, Sam soon grew up and lost his juicy baby fat, becoming a sturdy, active toddler then a boy with a zest for life and adventure. But Mama’s milk gave him a good start on a healthy, productive life.
All who are born into God’s family should become “juicy” spiritual babies, getting plenty of exposure to God’s nutrient-rich Word. It provides a healthy foundation for an abundant life of active service to the Lord.
Remember the Apostle Paul who wrote most of the New Testament books? We often hear of his dramatic conversion – how he went from a persecutor of Christians to being a fervent disciple and missionary for Jesus. But did you realize that immediately after his conversion, he spent 2-3 years in Arabia as a newborn Christian baby learning about Jesus, the Messianic fulfillment of all his Jewish knowledge and heritage. (Galatians 1:11-18). Paul became a “juicy baby,” sated on the pure milk of God’s word, before he became the great missionary preacher and writer we know.
Father, satisfy me with the milk of your Word, so I am ready to go out and actively work for you! Amen