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Thursday, August 31, 2006

The Deep End

O LORD, how great are Your works!
Your thoughts are very deep. (Psalm 92:5)
When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon,“Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” (Luke 5:4)

For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.
(1 Corinthians 2:10b)

There are many people who are content to paddle around in the shallow end of the Christian Church. They prefer this child's depth but they will not see that even a child, after it has learned how to swim, will immediately seek out the deep end of the pool for a richer experience. Those who stay in the shallow end are denied this richer experience and by denying themselves the skill of strong swimming they can compromise their own safety and the safety of others who one day might need saving.

The parallels with the spiritual life are clear. God does not intend us to waste our time and spiritual capacities in shallow believing and living. He yearns for us to get closer to Him, to "dive in." Of course, to do this one needs confidence in Him to make this commitment. We need to trust Him that the deep of His Love is a safe plunge; safe that is in terms of being held securely by Him. It may not, though, be without risk for the giving and receiving of Love is never immune to rejection and criticism.

Jesus knew all of this of course when he instructed his disciples immediately prior to his Passion. He strengthened and emboldened them by reminding them that if the world hated Him it would hate them also, (John 15:17-19). It's good to be realistic about the cost of this deeper walk with God but we really do not have an option as Christians. We must walk this road or else we shall be in parlous state of those who, seeking to save their lives, lose them. It's "dive in" or get "washed up."

Shall we, therefore, now and without delay, dive in to the deeper end of God's love? Shall we resolve to give more and receive less, to worship more selflessly, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to strike out for God where others have feared to tread? Shall we? He waits on our answer. Posted by Picasa

1 comment:

Steve Hayes said...

Now there's a timely reminder for the beginning of the Church Year!

Thanks for that.

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