I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. (Philemon 1:6)
Dabbling. That’s how I’d describe my involvement in many activities. I dabble at the piano. I dabble at gardening. I dabble at bird watching, crossword puzzles, and photography. I enjoy each for a while and then move on to other interests. As a result, I haven’t really mastered any of them.
In some ways, I believe many of us dabble at our faith. We give it some attention from time to time, but never really give it our all. As a result, we feel somewhat unsatisfied or disappointed with the whole “church/religion/faith thing.” I understand, because I’ve been there myself.
If that’s your experience, I encourage you to carefully consider Paul’s words above. In them I believe is a secret to deep and rich fulfillment in Christ. Instead of merely participating in things of the faith from time to time, Paul tells us to become partners in it. Implied in the word are the ideas of diving in and becoming fully involved in the activities and the outcomes. It’s not a passing interest, but a vested interest.
Notice what the result will be if we’ll dive in – a deeper knowledge of all that is truly ours in Christ. In other words, the more we roll up our sleeves and serve Christ alongside others, the more we’ll appreciate the One we serve.
Are you feeling like “an outsider looking in” at church? Finding your relationship with Christ a bit stale? Perhaps the key to appreciating your life of faith is to stop dabbling in it, and simply dive into the deep end instead! –Dave
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