Bathed in a text of Scripture…….

1 Peter 2:2 “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that you may grow thereby.”                                                                                                             

“Some people like to read so many [Bible] chapters every day. I would not dissuade them from the practice, but I would rather lay my soul asoak in half a dozen verses all day than rinse my hand in several chapters. Oh, to be bathed in a text of Scripture, and to let it be sucked up in your very soul, till it saturates your heart!” –Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Let’s face it, at one point or another we have all had times in our lives when reading the Bible was the last thing on our mind. I would stand and say that would be the norm for most Christians. Do you carry a Bible around with you or does your Bible come off the shelf on Sundays only? How about, does your Bible have the same amount of dust on it as the top of your doorways? What Paul is saying here is that all Christians should have an appetite for the Scripture; it’s a must in order to grow in maturity. Why? Because to not have a desire for God’s word is a sin. In context, this is a command to all Christians.

Can one obtain an appetite or desire for the Word? Absolutely, let’s look at the first verse of this chapter: 2:1 “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speaking.” In other words, stop the hate in your life, when you come to church feed off the word then go home and study what you have heard. Most importantly, get your mind and heart off worldly wants and desires turn from the sins that keep the Word from you. Only then will you desire the milk of the Word and mature.

How does the Holy Spirit do his work? Through the Word. Don’t let pride get in the way. You need to face the fact that you don’t have all the answers and you need to cultivate your relationship with the Lord and that is done by reading what He has to say, then comes the Spirit.

Lastly, if none of the above seems to help concerning reading God’s Word, then I would at least go to the following Scriptures. Read and study them. Pray to God that you will have understanding. 2 Cor. 13:5 “Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you unless indeed you fail the test?” Psalms 119:59 “I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto your testimonies.” Lamentations 3:40 “Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.” Talk with your Pastor or a Deacon, seek advice from them. Seriously consider and more importantly pray on the possibility that your lack of desire for God’s Word could be because you have an unrepentant heart. Without a doubt, reading God’s Word is an element of being a Christian.

until He come,

JC Johnson

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