Shallow and Profound

November 22nd, 2013 by JDVaughn Leave a reply »

Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God —1 Corinthians 10:31


Beware of allowing yourself to think that the shallow aspects of life are not ordained by God; they are ordained by Him equally as much as the profound. We sometimes refuse to be shallow, not out of our deep devotion to God but because we wish to impress other people with the fact that we are not shallow. This is a sure sign of spiritual pride. We must be careful, for this is how contempt for others is produced in our lives. And it causes us to be a walking rebuke to other people because they are more shallow than we are. Beware of posing as a profound person— God became a baby.To be shallow is not a sign of being sinful, nor is shallowness an indication that there is no depth to your life at all— the ocean has a shore. Even the shallow things of life, such as eating and drinking, walking and talking, are ordained by God. These are all things our Lord did. He did them as the Son of God, and He said, “A disciple is not above his teacher . . .” (Matthew 10:24).We are safeguarded by the shallow things of life. We have to live the surface, commonsense life in a commonsense way. Then when God gives us the deeper things, they are obviously separated from the shallow concerns. Never show the depth of your life to anyone but God. We are so nauseatingly serious, so desperately interested in our own character and reputation, we refuse to behave like Christians in the shallow concerns of life.Make a determination to take no one seriously except God. You may find that the first person you must be the most critical with, as being the greatest fraud you have ever known, is yourself.


November 22, 2013

Journal Entry JDV

Father God, I would like to do everything to your glory, but I am afraid that a great deal of the time; I do every little thing to simply try to get what I want out of life right then and there or to try and avoid pain.  When I look at the way I am energized, it seems that I am energized and highly motivated to try and reach goals and or capture the people, things, and places I believe will make me happy or reduce the chance for my unhappiness. I would like to say I do everything for Your honor and glory, but that is simply not the case. But I do believe that if I seek You first, You will provide me with all I need for an abundant life. I believe, please help me live it out.

And God says…”Whenever you take over your life, I take my hands off of your life. If you want to pursue your own ideas of happiness, and opportunity and exclude me, you can do that.  And remember, ours is not a partnership where you decide what you want out of life then reach out to me for my blessing. Seek first the kingdom of God, which is Jesus, and everything else you need for this life; food, shelter, family, friends, feelings of worth, hopes and dreams and people to share them with will be provided. I can help you live out this life when you surrender to Me, and let go of all your own notions about what it is that you want and need. And you reach this conclusion when you look around and notice how little real happiness, joy and peace your own pursuits have provided…AND when you consider the magnitude of My sacrifice to bring us together. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”


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