April 17, 2008

The Answer to the Dilemma

We have already seen how both deepness and shallowness can have terrible effects, so how then should we live?

The problem I've suggested to you (that is, either to be deep or to be shallow) is actually an either-or fallacy. The problem with both of them is that they put self first. Deepness encourages you to keep a large store of ideas in your heart, unwilling to share them with others. The message you send is that God isn't doing anything in your heart or that you don't trust in God to solve your problems. Shallowness shuns taking things seriously. Shallow actions reflect the idea that self must be served above all else.

I would propose that there is another possibility. We must be deep in Christ, not ourselves. (This proposal is not completely original. Much of the philosophy of this article was inspired from this post.) A mature outlook on life is not a problem- it is a gift! Yet we cannot be so caught up in our own intelligence that we forget that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. We must be able to accept the fact that we cannot understand everything. But unlike the shallow response of wasting your life, it is imperative that rely on God to fill us.

What does deepness in Christ look like? I think that it is certainly a way of life. It involves putting self away, and being willing to devote everything we do to furthering God's kingdom. I will be the first to admit that I am far from reaching this goal. I have ignored opportunities to bless others, I've relied on my own understanding to win debate rounds. But if we set high standards for ourselves, we will be pushed to grow more.

I think the key to being deep in Christ is humility mixed with hope. That philosophy stems from 1 Peter 5:5-6.

"Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble."

Deepness in Christ will help avoid the problems presented in Parts one and two. The farther we delve in God's immeasurable depths, the more able to communicate His love we will become. Just like Aslan's followers eagerly went "further up and further in," forgetting themselves in their love for their leader, we will gain true joy in the pursuit of a deep relationship with our Lord. I'm not trying to write like an expert or a sage. All I know is that I love God, and following Him brings me joy.

In the words of Steven Curtis Chapman's song Dive,

I'm diving in, I'm going deep in over my head, I want to be
Caught in the rush, lost in the flow, in over my head, I want to go
The river's deep, the river's wide, the river's water is alive
So sink or swim, I'm diving in!


Serfy said...

wow! I am liking your answer. substantial and...deep. =)