Here’s a quick thought to prep our hearts for this weekend.
It’s awfully easy to be an expert in the trivial and stay shallow in the significant.
That’s why there are men who know every team and every player and every statistic of their favorite sport but can’t ever seem to remember their wedding anniversary. This is why we know people devoted to People magazine and gossip columns yet never have time for the classics. This is why we can quote the lines to silly songs and bad movies yet freeze up with the holy scriptures.
We have been discipled to go deep in the temporary and superficial in the eternal. So what’s a disciple to do? Here’s a hint:
“All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever.” 1 Peter 1:24-25
The word of the Lord.
Chew on that contrast.
It’s uncanny how the words of God are like an antidote for the curse of superficiality. They are loaded with eternity like nothing else in the universe. To the extent that you are invested in the word of God you are invested in eternity. Every ounce of energy digging in to the word of God is an investment in the eternal. Are you stuck in the mud of futility? Are you spinning your wheels and wasting your life? You’re never more than one holy time in God’s word away from breaking through and re-igniting the flames of eternity again. And if you’d go daily in your commitment to the word, watch out.
Read! Seek. Study. Chew. Memorize. Dig.
You won’t be sorry.
Coming up next week: How in the world is a Christian to vote?