Day 3: In the Sha-ha-sha-ha-low

“I knew a lot in my head, but my heart remained shallow. “

Be Quiet.  Sit still and silent for one minute.  Let your mind be aware that God is present with you. Imagine Him smiling at you, delighted that you showed-up to be present with Him!  Breath slowly and relax.

Scripture.  “And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.”  Colossians 2:6-7 

Meditation.  Discipleship in the United States has been described as a mile wide and an inch deep.  In the early days of my walk with Jesus (1983) I absorbed vast amounts of scripture, theology, sermons, peer ministry and conference experiences.  I evangelized zealously and served at the core of a new startup church.  At the same time my interior world was a hot mess of anxiety, rage, and compulsions.  Nothing about the discipleship I was receiving touched (much less healed) the hurts, attitudes and habits that entrapped me.  It didn’t occur to me that Jesus would transform my life beyond the initial drama of my conversion.  I knew a lot in my head, but my heart remained shallow.  Pastor and Church Planter Tim Keller has something to say about that in his book, The Prodigal Prophet.

“Shallow Christian identities explain why professing Christians can be racists and greedy materialists, addicted to beauty and pleasure, or filled with anxiety and prone to overwork. All this comes because it is not Christ’s love but the world’s power, approval, comfort, and control that are the real roots of our self-identity.”

Question to Ponder.  What 3 words would you use to describe your current state of discipleship?  Keep in mind there are no right answers, only real ones.

  • boring
  • off-track
  • enlightening
  • hard-work
  • fruitful
  • useless
  • shallow
  • messy
  • rewarding
  • intimate
  • transformative
  • costly
  • inconsistent
  • other

Connect with God. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal a place in your heart where He’s leading you to go deeper, toward change, healing, and freedom.

Connect with People.  Do you know a man or woman of faith who’s open about their struggles with sin, addiction, or mental health?  Ask them to share with you what happens when they turn to God, again and again, asking Him for the grace that changes them.