1 Peter 2:2-3: “Like newborn babies, you must crave pure spiritual milk so that you will grow into a full experience of salvation. Cry out for this nourishment, now that you have had a taste of the Lord’s kindness.”
Growing into the “full experience of salvation.”
That’s a perfect explanation of Part Two of the conversion process that began with what I will always think of as my “salvation summer” of 1999.
I thought that’s all there was to it.
“Getting saved,” being “born again”—both phrases that I abhorred because of the images it brought up in my mind of looney-looking people dancing around with tambourines—wrong group, I’ve since come to realize. But still. Saved…born again—done and done.
A few years after I’d “gotten saved” and had been “born again,” I started to wonder:
Is this all there is?
Yes, I was different, but I still felt that I was missing something. I was.
Because seeking to find isn’t a one-time event. It’s the lifelong process of growing in knowledge and love of the Lord.
For me, real transformation didn’t begin for another 11 years.
Not until I moved beyond Part One. Deep change began when I started truly craving, crying out for and then actively pursuing increasing levels of spiritual nourishment.
I took the first step through baptism, and then began this amazing daily spiritual journaling practice of Scripture —> Application—> Prayer.
Part Two changed my life.
Father, thank You so much for pursuing me for another 11 years when I thought “saved” was good enough. I didn’t know what I was missing.
Thank You for sending me the right people and to the right church to help me understand, just in time, that there’s so much more than “good enough.” And thank You, Father, for the insight that You continue to give me every time I dig into Your Word. Amen.
Have you experienced that craving Peter speaks of? What does growing “into the full experience of salvation” mean to you?
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