Shawn Lovejoy has a great post about why people want to go deeper. Why do we want to turn our faith into an “academic” faith instead of a practicing faith? When we talk about wanting to go deep, too many times we mean that we want to learn or feel something new that makes us feel better about our knowledge. Going deep is all about obedience, it’s all about putting into practice what we have learned. Instead of spoon feeding our churches, let’s challenge them to learn and grow on their own by applying what they already learned. Spiritual maturity is not defined by how much knowledge you have accumulated, it is all about loving God and loving others! How will people know we are disciples … BY OUR LOVE!
from Shawn’s post
Here’s how the Bible defines going deep: OBEDIENCE. APPLYING THE BIBLE. LOVING PEOPLE BECAUSE WE LOVE GOD. Jesus knew everyone was looking for something, ‘new’, so He played off of it when he said: “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples”John 13:34-35 (NLT).
Jesus said this: Listening to a great message or even studying the Bible is not ‘deep’. Applying the message to our lives and doing what the Bible says, is! Our heart tells us hat hearing and reading is deeper. The Bible tells us that applying it, is: “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” James 1:22 (NIV).