“You are what you eat.”
Or so the saying goes.
In this case, Peter might change that to, “You are what you drink.”
I talked in my last blog about living by the gospel.
But what kind of things do we drink in every day?
Malice toward other people?
Deceit and hypocrisy, pretending to be something we’re not?
Envy of those around us?
Slander, trying to cut others down to size?
Or are we drinking in the gospel?
Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word, so that you may grow up into your salvation, if you have tasted that the Lord is good. (2:2-3)
You could of course interpret “word” broadly to refer to the whole Word of God.
But in 1:25, Peter specifically limits it to the gospel we have heard.
We never outgrow the gospel, no matter how “mature” a Christian we may be.
And if we aren’t drinking in the gospel daily, we eventually end up drinking in other filth.
That’s why we need to come to Jesus every day. Every day, we need to drink of his goodness, remembering all he has done for us.
What has he done for us?
He redeemed us from an empty way of life by his blood on the cross. (1:18)
He gave us new life. (1:23)
He made us his temple, his priests. (2:5)
He made us his own people. (2:9-10)
More, he has made us his own children. (1:14, 17)
When we were lost sheep, he sought after us and brought us back, dying for our sins, and healing us. (2:21-25)
Drink those things in. Meditate on them daily. Remember just how amazing all this really is.
And as these truths sink in, all the poison we have taken into until now will be cleansed out of our system.
Lord, let me never take these things for granted. I do so too often. As I daily take in the milk of the gospel, renew in me each day the joy of my salvation. Amen.