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More Through Dependency


Ephesians 3.20-21, 1 Peter 2.:1-2

When babies enter the world, they rely on their mothers for everything—for nutrition, cleanliness, love and security. The mother-baby relationship is an example of pure dependency.

The dependency babies have on their mothers is the same kind of dependency we should have on the Lord. Yet we pride ourselves on being independent as we grow. In 1 Peter 2, just before Peter tells us to “crave pure spiritual milk” like newborns, he says, “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.” Each of these undesirable traits accompanies a sense of independence — malice toward that which truly sustains you, deceit toward yourself, hypocrisy in front of the world, envy of God, and slander of creation.

God wants our lives to be more than they are now, and He can do immeasurably more than anything we can imagine. We must allow ourselves to be completely dependent upon Him if we want our lives to become more. A baby grows strong and healthy not by refusing his mother’s nurturing, but by craving the milk she has to offer. The relationship between mothers and babies are God’s example of how we should depend on Him and crave the blessings He has to offer.

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