All Things New - 10.9.2017

"Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation."

- 1 Peter 2:2 (NLT)

My favorite grocery store is ALDI. It’s clean. It’s focused. It’s efficient. It’s German. 

We have an “ALDI quarter” in our car at all times. For the uninitiated, that’s the quarter you use as a deposit on your shopping cart. You see, there are rules at ALDI. You don’t just get a cart at ALDI and leave it wherever you want like a heathen. You rent a cart and, incentivized for .25 cents to act like a civilized human being, then return it to its row when you’re done. That’s when you get your quarter back. If anyone in our house removes the ALDI quarter from our car, they feel the fiery wrath of a thousand suns. The ALDI quarter is sacred. 

ALDI doesn’t have all the major brand names. Instead, it has off-brands like “Clancy’s” and “Baker’s Corner” and “Burman’s.” It also has some German products with names only slightly more pronounceable than those given to nightstands and lamps at IKEA. None of this matters to me. With four kids at home over the age of ten, I’m unashamedly in it for the bargains. Thankfully, ALDI is usually not only good enough; it's genuinely good - and so much less expensive. I can fill two carts at ALDI for the price of one cart at a major grocery store. 

However, there are some purchases that I reserve for Publix, my second favorite grocery store. In these instances, I need the brand name. I need the real thing. No knock-off will do.

This is also and especially true of spiritual nourishment. No knock-offs will do.

The Bible often uses the metaphor of food to describe itself and its truth. In various places, Scripture speaks of itself as milk, water, bread, and meat. It's the ultimate soul food! Jesus himself described his own obedience to God’s Word as nourishment when he said, ""My nourishment comes from doing the will of God, who sent me, and from finishing his work” (John 4:34). 

Not surprisingly, there are many “knock-off” versions of biblical truth and Christian teaching in the world today. False teachers and teachings abound. Initially, they might appear as comparable to the real thing, but - on close examination - are clearly not. In today’s verse, God calls his children to this kind of discernment - to crave not only spiritual nourishment, but the pure nourishment of God’s Word. 

Child of God: Not every teacher or teaching that claims to be of God truly is. We must continually test each against the standard of God’s Word (1 John 4:1; Acts 17:11). Our Father wants us to remain spiritually nourished and healthy by carefully and routinely feeding on the pure truth of Scripture. This, he promises, will help us grow into a fuller enjoyment and experience of salvation! Could anything be more delicious?!

You’re loved. Don’t forget it. 

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