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CALLED TO LIVE DEEP
We were discouraged from the deep! Yes… So we were left to hit the rocks, drink the mad and crowd the shore
“We are far too easily pleased” Were the concluding words of the great 20th century author and philosopher C.S Lewis, after pondering on the infinite reward and mind blowing promises of God. Man, from any other creature is designed to adapt to any condition, he can live in the Antarctica where the coldness dampens or in Kalahari desert where the sun seems to reside in the neighbourhood, organs are well adapted and can endure stretch, stress and a great deal of pursuit. So that to make convenient and comfortable is needless. In our childhood memoirs we that grew up near the river, the recreation we knew was swimming, of which we would only go unpermitted for no parent will allow the child to dare the affair. For beginners the river would force litres of mad down our throat as we loiter at the banks. With jealousy we would watch our older models diving and displaying skills yet none was confident enough, the whispers would sound to warn of spots deemed dangerous. We were discouraged from the deep! Yes… So we were left to hit the rocks, drink the mad and crowd the shore whereas there existed a place of freedom, a refreshing deep that all seem to avoid. That warning resounds in many our ears, “Don’t go deep, it is dangerous” Adventure with God starts beyond the shores, our reluctance to vacate the shoreline has denied us a great deal of experience. When we are called upon the waters, the great unknown our hearts fails within us, the anxiety, questions and contrary voices stubbornly questions, ‘Is it safe?’, this voice amplifies until it fades the voice of God who is calling us to depths in Him. The doctrine of safety and convenience has proved with time to kill desire for divine among many Christians and has yielded to crowded shores and lack of truer spiritual wellness. Adventure in the spiritual is founded in the premise of the vastness, infinite and unfathomable divinity and character of God who invite us for an adventure in Him. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! Is exclaimed in Romans 11:33 There is enough to daily feed from the heavenly table that there is no room to ride and squeeze from the old and dry manna of our yesterday’s experience. The thirst that abounds in our generation demands that we live in the divine centre, where the hidden streams breaks to refresh and drown our soul in amazement. “We are far too easily pleased” is a reality that I want to ponder upon; I am praying that God will give us an unsettling desire for Him. More often than not we are introduced to the peripheries of the divine, we experience the love of God, the power of the Holy Spirit and we burst with longings but these longings are often short-lived because complacency sets in and we retreat from the deep. The demands of the spiritual health scares, prayer runs cold and the Word loses taste as the world entices these hearts. In the shoreline is ‘safety’ and comfortable but there is no spiritual vitality, It is a natural zone where the spiritual is ridiculed and disciplines of faith are made fun of. No spiritually hungering soul can flourish for with its promises of safety has dried the roots and starved the spiritual health of the soul. Life must come before safety, safety for a dead soul is unwise, and spirit alive is better than engaging certainty of the shore. The ship is made for the deep though anchored to the rocky harbour it must always find its purpose as it cruises the depth lest it be a relic of admiration. Our generation needs a new instruction of ‘Go to the deep, It is risky but it is worth the risk’ for God promises to take us through. Dare to adventure the vastness of God, Don’t just be contented with the normal Sunday preaching, familiar encounters, same struggles with sin and habits, piety and seemingly wellness in our life. Let us not compare among ourselves because there is a sense of comfort and complacency that can set in especially when we command respect among our peers. Standard for faith will always remain to be the bible; no matter how polished we may seem, even if we are authorities in matters faith, there remains a vast unknown in God that we are called daily to pursue Don’t just paddle at the shore launch deeper for newer experiences. Be not afraid of the still quiet waters, dives, God who invited you to the deep and is waiting to reveal himself to you. Give up the crowding, the hurt and mud, and let’s desire to know God the more. “I pray that out of his (GOD) glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19

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