No One Is Spiritually Lactose-Intolerant   2 comments

So, Christmas is just a few days off. And, if we watch any TV, we all know what Christmas is all about. It’s about Santa telling me I’m good and giving me my new snowboard. It’s about hanging out with family and singing carols and exchanging presents and drinking egg nog. It’s about wearing sweaters that are shades of green and red way too bright to be normally worn. It’s about watching Charlie Brown learning about the true meaning of Christmas from Linas… I think.

But all of those things are truly insignificant when considering the true meaning of Christmas–the birth of a child who nearly three decades later would have commenced a sinless and perfect life by being nailed to a tree and dying for the sins of all those who would believe in Him. Yet, it seems to the rest of the world as something insignificant. After all, consider that Jesus died to save you and me from succumbing to the fate of an eternal death–and it takes you and me a holiday at the end of the calendar year to really remember and contemplate it. Doesn’t seem too much greater than the “regular” great stuff that happens in your life. Last Christmas, I got a sweater. Christmas of 2001, I got a watch. Christmas of 33 A.D., Jesus died for me. Really? It takes a holiday to remind you? It takes a holiday to remind me?

But the thing is, it really does take a Christmas holiday to remind us of what Jesus’ life on this world truly meant. Because we are still sinners, and we are quick to forget the greatest thing to ever happen to us. As time goes by, it seems to wane unless we are reminded of it by an outside cue. It’s not that Jesus isn’t great–it’s that we are just quick to forget just how great He really is. So, how do we remind ourselves of what He’s done not just this Christmas season, but throughout the days and weeks of the rest of the year?

1 Peter 2:1-5 says,

Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord. And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up s a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

There are two parts to remembering Jesus Christ–two things we must regularly do so that we can remember our salvation in Him and draw near to Him over and over again.

1. Christian Babies Are Not Lactose-Intolerant

Peter, the author of this letter, calls Christians to act as “newborn babies.” This isn’t an exercise in acting childish and cutesy and infantile. Rather, it’s remembering who we truly are before God. Newborn babies cannot do anything without their parents. Likewise, despite our belief that we are autonomous and strong and intelligent–the Bible makes clear to us that we are absolutely incapable to do anything apart from the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. So, we need the Holy Spirit to lead us and empower us. In addition, we need the Word of God, which draws us deeper and deeper into understanding our salvation, to feed us and nourish us. Peter tells us to “long for the pure milk of the word” like babies. By it, they will grow strong and grow healthy. And likewise, we will always, on this earth, be in a child-like state of dependence on God and will, therefore, need spiritual milk to remain strong and healthy.

2. No One Likes The Dirty Rock

We are to live as those who are “rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God.” The things we do, the things we enjoy, and the things we disapprove of–this WILL make us social outcasts, in some respects. If we think we’re living for God, and people who are always around us don’t think we’re weird, even just a bit… either they’re Christian or you’re living like the world. We’re supposed to be stones that are living and growing and changing–“being built up as a spiritual house” in order to “offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” Our lives are not to be focused on being accepted by the rest of the world, but is to be primarily concerned with being acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

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Posted December 22, 2009 by Mitchell J. Kim in Uncategorized

2 responses to “No One Is Spiritually Lactose-Intolerant

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  1. hey!!! i totally was reading 1 peter this week for morning devotions!!!

  2. Amen, great point about being a Christian in the world but not of the world.. as a Christian, it is often a difficult yet necessary question to ask of ourselves daily, do we desire to do well by God or people? If we examine our hearts and pray that God would reveal the trueness of ourselves to us, then as you said, we will continuously be molded into the likeness of Christ, different from the world, not a blend of the mix.

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