We’ve started a new series at UA Christian Assembly. It’s called “Deeper Living.” That should appeal to folks who are tired of a superficial Christian life. The thing is that the shallows are such fun and for a lot of reasons. Check it out: wading requires no commitment. You don’t need a swimsuit–just take off your shoes and roll up your pant legs. You can maintain total control. There aren’t any currents trying to take you anywhere. You can just step out if you want and yet still get a little cooling sensation on your feet. Not bad. Who needs depth when you can have all that? Well, check out the experience in Ezekiel chapter 47:1-12.
You really get the idea that depth is for people who aren’t interested in Christian convention. They want to be carried by divine currents, as Ezekiel 47:5 says of the spiritual river, “It was deep enough to swim in.” Yes, it’s scary. Jesus told Peter, “Truly, truly, I saw to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go” (John 21:18). If you are a control freak, that word is absolutely chilling. You’ll choose the shallows to avoid it. But you’ll always wonder what it might have been like to wade out into increasing depths and feel the Spirit’s force and conveyance.
In order to hop in, we’ve chosen the subject of prayer. Not just studying it, but practicing, doing it, connecting with God. No, we’re not so great at it yet, but it doesn’t take an Olympic swimmer. For now, dog paddling will do.