Series: The Foreigners | Week 2: Hang Together
Read 1 Peter 2:1-3Discover1. Why are the instructions in these verses given (see 1 Peter 1:23)?2. What are we instructed to get rid of, and what should we seek out instead?3. What causes us to want the nourishment that can only come from God?RespondIn his letter to scattered Christians, Peter reminds his readers of their identity. They are born again, which means they’ve been given new spiritual life. As a result, they should get rid of evil and crave God.The “spiritual milk” referenced in verse 2 is believed to refer to God’s Word. Just like babies constantly cry out for nourishment, we too should constantly crave God’s Word and get our nourishment from Him. When we get a taste of His kindness, we can’t help but want more.Have you experienced God’s kindness? Do you find yourself constantly craving His Word like a newborn craves milk? What if you cried out to Him right now? He hears you and wants to nourish your soul. Spend some time in His presence, thanking Him for the hope of new life. Admit any apathy or lack of hunger for His Word, and ask Him for a craving to know Him more deeply. Along with your prayer, map out a plan to read God’s Word this week, and share with a friend for accountability.Want to go deeper? One thing that can increase our hunger for God is prayer and fasting. Fasting can take many forms, whether fasting from a meal for a designated time, a particular food that has a stronghold on us, an activity, or electronic device. In your prayer time, consider whether fasting is a step God might be asking you to do. One book you might want to check out for more on this topic is A Hunger for God by John Piper.*TPCC does not necessarily endorse all “Want to go deeper” sources. They are simply meant to be a helpful tool.