Last week I left you with what it takes to become a deep end Christian. Things like – Determination … Risk … Bravery … Hope … Hard Work … Persistence … Fearlessness … Effort … These are what it will take to venture out into the deep water with God. This week I want to continue on the topic of Shallow End Christians. I want to look at why Christians might choose to remain is the shallow end instead of swimming and enjoying the deeper things of the word of God.
NON-SWIMMER REMAIN IN THE SHOLLOW END
Stay where it’s safe is where we all like to be. The fear of the unknown has held a lot of us captive, myself included. I believe that so many of us Christians have adapted to playing it safe for so long that we forgotten what’s it like to challenge ourselves.
Only the individuals know why they have no desire to exceed the boundaries of the shallow end. Allow me to share with you what I know based on my own experience. Most often it not what you know but what you believe about what know that can make all the difference. Truth is, your belief system can keep you in the shallow end of your faith and relationship with Jesus or it can catapult you into the deeper things of God. I believe that fear is the main culprit behind being content with remaining in the shallow end of the word of God. Things that builds and strengthen our relatioship with Jesus are ingnored for playing it safe.
PLAYING IT SAFE
I’m sure that most Christians have heard the story of the five talents. It’s a story about stewardship and the state of readiness (watching). But I also see it as an illustration of a servants foolish attempt at playing it safe. For those of us who don’t know the story, it is the kingdom of God being compared to a man going on a journey. He called his servants together and entrusted some of his wealth to each of them. The man expected his servants to manage his wealth in ways that would bring about a profit. This man not only gave each of them huge sums of monies, he also invested in their lives. In this parable, the man is none other than Jesus, the returning King Of Kings.