Discipleship always progresses in a distinct direction. It’s intentional and motivated, with the end always in sight. However, although the purpose is clear, the process is not. A disciple’s life is wrought with ups and downs and peaks and valleys.
It is important to recognize the necessity of these various seasons of spiritual growth. However, regardless of the challenges and obstacles we encounter, the goal should always be one of growth and forward progress. Through these seasons we either gain or lose definition as disciples. Hunger for growth fuels growth. Whether or not we feel hunger during each season, one question must be asked— “Why do we worship?”
1 Peter 2:2-3 reads:
2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.
Regardless of how long we have been following Christ, growth in the Spirit must always continue. Craving that growth in the Spirit fuels the new life of the believer. The passage leads us to reflect upon three things regarding spiritual hunger. We must continue to ask ourselves, “Why am I eating?” We must ask ourselves if we are worshipping, or “eating,” out of boredom, pressure, or need.
Over the next three weeks we’ll be looking at three answers for spiritual hunger in Christian disciples. Check back next Thursday for part 2!