Going Deeper

Going Deeper

What does it mean to go deeper in our spiritual lives?

My family has probably logged hundreds of hours watching fish on our TV. This primarily stems from our girls’ love of fish. Both of them have been mesmerized by the brightly colored fish swimming around and since we don’t have an aquarium, we watch one on TV. You might think this is strange that we would use our TV as an aquarium, but many you’ve probably logged a multitude of hours watching Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. Whether it’s the aquarium, shark week, or some other show like Blue Planet or Finding Dory, many of us have viewed the depths of the ocean through our TV, but never swam in the depths or in shark infested waters. Why? Because it’s scary. I for one like air and not being eaten by sharks. 

This translates into our spiritual lives as well. We desire depth in our relationship with God and have hopefully have made some attempts to go deeper, but have yet to truly venture out into the deep waters. Instead, we choose not to travel very far from where we started. We are like beachgoers who only venture only several yards into the ocean instead of several miles. We are exchanging a perceived depth for a truly profound relationship with God.  We read another book about God instead of getting to know God. Instead of letting a passage take us deep into the heart and mind of God, we are simply reading bigger commentaries. Instead of sitting with God in the silence, we are seeking elaborate practices that make us feel like we are going deeper. Instead of truly addressing the emotional and spiritual problems deep within us, we hope that simply changing behaviors will help us be better Christians.  Continue reading

Asking the Right Question about Mission

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Last week, I talked about asking the right question about discipleship. This week I want to talk about mission. There are a lot of things that we ask about getting involved at church and getting involved in our communities and I’m not sure we’re always asking the best questions. If we’re trying to get involved we are usually asking good questions, but I want all of us to ask the best questions possible so that we can get involved in the best way possible.

One of the phrases that I hear a lot is “plugged in,” as in “How can I get plugged in at church?” Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t a bad thing to say, but is it the best question to ask? It’s good to get connected to the church and it’s ministries, but getting plugged in only half the question. If we are concerned with finding the mission that God has for us. Continue reading

Asking The Right Question About Discipleship

Asking questions is key to learning. When we don’t ask questions, sometimes we miss out on important pieces of information that we should know. On the other hand, when we do ask questions, if we don’t ask the right questions we also miss out on the answers that we really need to know. So the question is, are we asking the right questions when it comes to our discipleship?

Hoffman-ChristAndTheRichYoungRulerAs followers of Jesus, we all have questions. There are things about our faith and our life that we really want to know. When we think specifically about following Jesus, I’m sure many of our questions would fall within the realm of what does Jesus want me to do. It was in this line of thinking that a “rich young ruler” asked his question “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Continue reading