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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Getting Beyond Surface Level

"And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God." Ephesians 3:17b-19

Last Sunday my husband and I saw a real short video clip that mentioned that a lot of Christians struggle with getting beyond surface level. I have been pondering this all week long. I wonder if part of this is a by-product of our society?

Our lives revolve around the "me" mentality. We focus on the things that we need to get done for the day. I think often our lifestyle revolves around this. We perhaps take time for church and devotions each day, but how often are our thoughts and actions revolving around the Lord and His teachings? Do we ever go deeper than surface level with other people?

I think of an average Sunday morning in a church in America. We typically in passing say, "Hi, how are you?" We ask, but don't expect to hear anything other than "fine." If by chance someone goes into a deeper explanation we may be caught off guard. It seems even at church we often have an agenda.

I can't help but feel that God desires more of us. In Psalms it says that "Deep calls to deep." Perhaps all it would take is for us to change - to desire more in our Christian walk and to expect more from others as well - a deeper level of understanding. In the process of learning and desiring to go deeper, we also encourage and inspire others as well. If more of our conversations revolved around what God is doing in our lives and how He has changed us, instead of the weather or local news, maybe it would make a difference. Isn't it worth a try?

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