1 Peter 2:2-10
2:2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow into salvation-
2:3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
2:4 Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and precious in God’s sight, and
2:5 like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
2:6 For it stands in scripture: “See, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
2:7 To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe, “The stone that the builders rejected has become the very head of the corner,”
2:8 and “A stone that makes them stumble, and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
2:10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Spiritual growth is an essential part of the Christian walk. Peter here is speaking growth from the perspective of nutrition and health. At the point of conversion, our deepest longing should be to want to increase our desire to grow deeper in our relationship with Christ. This passage offers us the importance of what it means to pursue that desire and why.
Jesus Christ is our chief cornerstone. Meaning He is the strong foundation in which we can build our lives upon and trust that it will not stumble or fall. It is essential that we understand this point because without our lives being built solely on Christ, there is the potential for us to fall away from our walk with Christ and sink deeper into the temptations of this world that will lead to sin.
A true mark of a Christian is one who is able to recognize that without an on going relationship with Christ, there is no growth and the end result is falling into sins trap. One way that Peter points to growth is by consistently digging into God’s word and gaining our spiritual nourishment from there. God’s word is His way of communicating with us in how we ought to live and provides for us a way to get to know Him more on a deeper level.
Do not lay aside the importance of growing daily in your walk with Christ. Allot time in your day to consistently spend time in God’s word, mediate on it and pray that His word will sink deeper into your heart and transform you into a mature Christian.