Craving Nourishment

One of the reasons people give for leaving a church is that they were not being fed. This is entirely possible if the church is devoid of study and growth opportunities or the preacher is feeding the congregation a diet of sermons lacking in substance. At the same time, it is up to the believer in Christ to not only take advantage of growth opportunities, but to also feed himself or herself. You have to want to grow. You have to want to be fed. 1 Peter 2:2-3 (NLT) says:
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, 3 now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.
When we come to faith in Christ, we are like newborns. What do newborns do when they are hungry? They cry out for milk. If you are a spiritual newborn, you have to go where the nourishment is and cry out for spiritual food. If you are a more mature believer, you need to pick up the spoon and feed yourself, too. Read your Bible. Get in a group. Worship regularly. And don’t think that a 30 minute sermon once a week is enough to nourish your soul. If you only ate once a week, you’d be physically malnourished. Why do that to your soul? Use the tools God has given you to feed your soul.

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