Learning to swim is an important step in our lives. I remember going to the Aragon pool in the town in which I grew up and longing to go into the deep end. The lifeguard insisted that I had to swim across the pool before I would be allowed to go in the deep end. He challenged me and encouraged me to keep at it. It was such an exhilarating feeling when I finally swam across the pool and confidently made my way to the diving boards.
Sadly many of God’s people never make it into the deep end of their Christian experience. They continue to play in the shallow end of the pool. Paul wrote to the Corinthian believers and lamented: “And I brethren could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it and even now you are still not able” (1 Cor. 3:1,2). These believers could not comprehend deeper spiritual truth. They were always bickering among themselves and causing division in the body. They were playing in the shallow end of the pool.
It seems that so many of God’s people in our day are staying in the shallow end of their walk with the Lord. They do not know their Bible. They do not spend time in daily prayer. They do not get involved in serving the Lord in any way, and they are constantly falling into sin. These shallow end folks are the ones who are fighting among themselves and are not fully enjoying their heritage in Christ. Just as that lifeguard challenged me, I challenge you to get out of the shallow end. Start studying your Bible every day. Read good Christian books on the faith. Get into a solid church that teaches the Bible. Spend extended times in prayer with the Lord. Get involved in sharing your faith and serving the Lord in some capacity. Leave your shallow spirituality behind and jump into the deep end with God. You will find that the water is so refreshing.
Pastor Stultz has been writing this weekly devotional for many years. In 2009, he published a compilation of devotionals in book form, also called Moments of Meditation