“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.” (1 Peter 2:2-3)
It’s all a matter of instinct with babies, isn’t it? The reaching for nourishment and shelter doesn’t come up for intellectual discussion. And with first-time mums too, as Anita Diamant put it: “It’s a good thing babies don’t give you a lot of time to think. You fall in love with them and when you realize how much they love you back, life is very simple.”
And that’s pretty much a definition of what the word “natural” means. Normal babies and mums surge with instinctual energy. Food, shelter, affection – they “crave” what does them good.
And you who have been born again, “like newborn babies, crave spiritual milk.” Why? So that “by it you may grow up in your salvation.” Does that mean that those first instinctive urges do not remain? In one sense, perhaps so. At first we just receive for ourselves, and then we who have “have tasted that the Lord is good” enjoy parenting others, sharing the nurture that we ourselves have received.
But in another sense, we never grow to a place where we are totally independent of God’s love and care. In fact, the opposite is true! My sense of dependence and my appetite for spiritual reality grows stronger as I get older! And my sense of God as Father and Mother expands like a flower opening to the sun.
Timothy Keller: “The only person who dares wake up a king at 3:00 AM for a glass of water is a child. We have that kind of access.”