The apostle Peter wrote: “As newborn babes, desire the sincere mild of the word, that you may grow thereby.” (1 Peter 2:2) We might make several observations about this passage.
First, just as a newborn baby needs milk in order to grow physically, so Christians need the word of God in order to grow spiritually. This is why we need to attend church regularly and why we need to privately read God’s word. Forming these two habits ensures that we will have a regular diet of God’s word.
Second, note the word sincere* – “the sincere milk of the word.” The New King James Version translates it better like this: “the pure milk of the word.” We certainly would not want to give contaminated milk to a baby. The same is true in spiritual matters. We need the pure, unadulterated, uncontaminated milk of God’s word. Everything else you read may be contaminated: books, articles, newspapers, etc. Only when we read our Bibles can we be sure that what we read is totally pure truth.
Third, note that Peter says “desire.” We really need a strong desire to know what God has to say to us in his word.
* “Sincere” as in the KJ may have a proper meaning. It may mean that we can depend on God that He is sincere in what he tells us. He does not have some hidden agenda. E.g. The devil seems to have convinced Eve that God had hidden motives – “God doth know…” Check the usage of the Greek word in the NT.
Several of the Psalms in the Old Testament call upon us to worship. For example, Psalm 95 opens with these words: “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.” (Psalm 95:1) Then, a few verses later, we are further urged to worship God: “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.” (Psalm 95:6)
But why? Why should we worship God? This Psalm offers two compelling reasons. First, we should worship God because: “The LORD is a great God, and a great King about all gods.” (Psalm 95:3) None of the gods of the ancient world were real, nor are the modern gods of the various world religions. They all are lacking in real power, but the God we worship is “a great God, a great King above all gods.”
Second, we should worship God because “He is our God.” (Psalm 95:7) Not all men can say this, but Christians can. God is our God and he recognizes us as His people. What a great reason to worship and praise Him.
Frequently when someone proposes some new innovation in the church, I ask, “Why didn’t God think of that?” One would think that if the new ideas men propose to improve upon God’s plan were really all that good, then certainly God Himself would have thought of them. My brother, David, has written an excellent article along this line. I have made copies of the article and put them in the racks with the bulletins. Take one. I think you will enjoy reading it.
Thanks to those of you who helped count the “Change for Children” last Sunday evening. The total came to $574. The money has been sent to the Southeastern Children’s Home in Duncan, SC. Thanks to all who had a part in this good work.
The Eastern European Mission benefit dinner will be Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at the South Fork church of Christ in Winston-Salem. EEM puts Bibles and other religious literature in the public schools of the former Soviet Union. We will have an opportunity to learn about the good work they do and also to contribute to it. Both the food and the fellowship are always good. There is a sign-up sheet on the bulletin board for those who plan to go.
According to the Census Bureau, more people in America today are on welfare than have full-time jobs. In just the three years from 2009 to 2011 (latest available statistics), there was a 40% rise in food stamp recipients. A recent Cato Institute study found that in 35 states welfare now pays more than minimum wage work. So why work, if the government will give you the same compensation for not working? Because our Lord demands it.
Christians are to help those who cannot work. But the Word is clear concerning those who will not work. They should not be aided in their sin. Lazy and idle people harm society, and even worse, themselves and their families.
If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. II Thessalonians 3:10
He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. Proverbs 10:4
The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich. Proverbs 13:4
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might. Ecclesiastes 9:10