“How long have you been following Jesus?”
You may have just started or been walking with Him for some time.
“How have you recently been developing in your walk with Jesus?”
Now, that’s a different question. Many people can point to a time when they received the gospel but rarely think about observing how they are making progress currently.
Look how Peter describes the progress we should be making.
2 Like newborn infants, desire the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow up into your salvation, 3 if you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 As you come to him, a living stone—rejected by people but chosen and honored by God— 5 you yourselves, as living stones, a spiritual house, are being built to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. They stumble because they disobey the word; they were destined for this.
6 For it stands in Scripture:
See, I lay a stone in Zion,1 Peter 2:2-6
a chosen and honored cornerstone,
and the one who believes in him
will never be put to shame.
This passage highlights the need for us as individual stones to be built upon the foundation of Jesus, the cornerstone. To make progress, we must build upon Jesus as the centerpiece. The cornerstone is the foundational stone for a large building. It establishes the design and provides stability. You can only build correctly if you know what undergirds the entire structure.
That’s why verse two is so critically important to your growth. In this stage of your life, you should be developing in some type of way. You have access to search any topic from the ease of your mobile device. But the knowledge you need to crave over anything else is the purity of God’s Word.
While you may be busier than you’ve ever been in your life, you will find time to do whatever it is that you value the most.
If you are not regularly creating a margin in your schedule to study the Scriptures, you are not fully developing in Jesus. This culture gives you too many messages all week to have one sermon and one Bible study a week to keep you grounded in the truth.
That’s why a habit like this is so important. You might reserve times on the schedule to hang out with friends, commit to a workout regimen at the local gym, or invest in improving your newfound hobby. Still, your soul needs more work with your social life, physical health, or extracurricular activities. Determine what keeps you most connected to a daily habit of being in God’s Word. Consider what distracts you from having this time consistent. Prayerfully make any changes necessary to “desire the pure milk of the word” (2:2).