Thursday, November 24, 2011

The Deep and the Shallow


1 Corinthians 10:31 (GW)
10:31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything to the glory of God.
Sometimes we get it in our minds that we have to always be mulling over the DEEP things of God:  That somehow if we’re not looking for the deep things that we’re not really profoundly serving God.

But do you know what I think is really profound, that we serve God in the shallow things of life as well as the deep.  I think we really begin to serve God when we turn over every aspect of our life to him, even the shallow and common things. 

Sometimes we want to only look at the deep things of life. We think the shallow things, the common things, are beneath us.  We want to impress people with our intellectual prowess.  We want to impress them with the things we have dug out of the Bible that know one else has seen.  “Oh look at this revelation that I’ve had.  No one else has seen it quite this way before.”  We are critical of those want answers in the simple things.

We think that the people who are only looking for God to speak to them about the common things in their lives are not up to our spiritual level.  If you stop and really think about it it’s just a case of spiritual pride.  There are deep and shallow places in life.  We need God to move in both of those places.  Oswald Chambers puts it this way:

“To be shallow is not a sign of being sinful, nor is shallowness an indication that there is no depth to your life at all—the ocean has a shore.  Even the shallow things of life, eating, drinking walking and talking are ordained by God.”

So we must give God the glory even in the common things.  When we’re caught up in only giving importance to the DEEP things of God we actually forget serving him in the other aspects of life. 

We must look to God in all aspects of our lives.  We also need to quit taking ourselves so seriously.  When you become critical it may be that the first person you must be critical with…is you.

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