Eddy Lim of Zion BP spoke to us from 1 Peter 2:1-3 on the theme of 'Craving
for the Word'. Genuine godliness, he noted, always goes along with a love
for, and a delight in, God's Word. 1 Peter 1:1-12 set out the Christian
hope of salvation. The following verses describe the response God expects
of those who have put their hope in Christ: holiness (1:13-21), love (1:22-25),
and a desire for the word (2:1-3).
But Christians do not always desire
('crave for') the Word as they should. Why is this? Is it that we fill
our minds with too much spiritual 'junk-food', books, magazines and movies
which, while maybe not bad in themselves, spoil our appetite for the Word?
We should be more discerning in what we let pass before our eyes.
How can we recover an appetite for
the Word? We should remember, firstly, that the Word is the source of our
life, that obedience to the truth purifies us (1:22). The Bible is not
a miracle-pill which will suddenly infuse us with spiritual power, but
a provides us with a wholesome diet on which we can nourish our souls if
we regularly feed on it.
Secondly, we should remember that it
is the Word which is the source of our transformation, which supplies the
power for us to live holy lives. If we don't keep feeding on the Word,
we will gradually backslide. As someone has said, 'The Bible never suffers
from neglect; it is those who neglect the Bible who suffer.' In order to
feed properly on the Word, we may need to rid ourselves of certain sins,
some of which Peter lists: hatred, which can immobilise or even destroy
us; deceit, deliberate dishonesty with the intent of harming someone; hypocrisy,
the attitude of one who professes to love God but lives an unholy life;
envy, the hatred of other people's success; slander, the back-stabbing
which is all too easily carried out under a guise of pious concern. These
are not small sins, though they may seem rather ordinary. Sins such as
these, persisted in, can prevent us from benefiting from the Word.
Thirdly, we must admit our need of
the Word. A new-born baby leaves its mother in no doubt as to its need
for milk, and even mature believers in self-sufficient Singapore ought
to feel a similar sense of need for the Word. Why is that we are always
careful to eat enough physical food, but not always so careful about spiritual
We are grateful to Pastor Eddy for
his clear and thought-provoking message.