Are you spiritually mature?
Hello Sweet Friends, I have found myself in a season of deep spiritual hunger, and much like this precious girl in this picture, I just can't seem to get enough! I laughed when I saw this picture, because it is so me right now:) The taste is not enough, I want the whole bowl! Have you been here? Have you been to the place where you truly hungered for more of Him?
I was looking up the verses that speak of tasting His goodness and along with this one in Psalm came the words of Peter that shed some light on this spiritual hunger
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.
Peter, the water walker, tells us that that there is MORE, and we should seek growth even CRAVE it like a newborn fixing their eyes upon milk. I don't know if you have seen this picture in awhile, but my niece has been visiting and just the site of a bottle puts her in full force drool.....her eyes light up, and as quickly as she can, she devours it wholly. And while she is one with her milk, there is nothing that can take her from her fixation and focus on her treasure. If you have ever seen a hungry baby, you know what I mean?
So the question becomes, have you tasted His goodness in a way that moves you to spiritual hunger? Or have you stopped to realize the goodness to savor the taste? I was sitting with this thought and reflecting over just this past year and what He has done in my life, in the lives I see, and in our community; it has surely been a year of tasting His goodness, and it is no wonder that I am hungry for MORE. But how quickly we forget and get lost in confusion of our everyday or what we are missing or lacking instead of leaning on the evidence that He loves you and me, and that He is moving in mighty ways all around us! Ways we may be missing, if we aren't spiritually at a place to see it.
Sweet friends, it is the spiritually mature, according to Corinthians, that know that which no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor mind conceived or what He has prepared for those that love Him. There is a wisdom among mature believers that is revelead to them by the Spirit. (1 Cor 2:6-10) And once we have tasted His goodness, our craving for spiritual growth awakens within us for more. I don't suppose Peter became a water walker overnight, but as he saw who Jesus was and what Jesus did, he was able to step out on new ground believing and trusting. And even Peter at times faced doubt and began to sink, as we all do. However, if in truth, we can be "water walkers" because we are spiritually mature, why would we settle for less?
Sweet friends, I can not tell you the growth that I have found from pressing in for MORE. It grieves my heart for so many years that I missed Him. I walked the aisle at nine years old saying that Jesus was my Savior, but I was 31 before I would even truly get a grip on what that meant. I was in church every Sunday too, and still missing Him. My prayer is that we never get satisfied where we are spiritually but always hunger for more. My prayer is that we become so pregnant with His love that others feel it when they touch us. There have been a number of times that I have hugged women in all of this traveling that I felt the love of God in their touch. A vessel of His love....now that is living your calling:)
I asked a pastor once why all of this change was happening in me. Why all of a sudden, there was such desire? There were obviously many reason, but one that stuck with me was that he said I was open to it! I was open to experiencing God in a way I had never before. Open to praying with a stranger in a grocery store if needed. Open to being criticized for my crazy love. Open to His Presence. Open and full of desire for growth!
Will you be open for more? Will you allow your craving for whatever it is you so desire in your life at this moment to be traded for Him? Crave more of Jesus? I have heard that God can do more in a life surrendered to Him in 6 months than we can do in our own strength in sixty years, so why not just surrender to Him being our MORE , trade in our weary souls, and just savor His goodness?
In His Wings,