The Sin of Dabbling
Can your spiritual life be defined by a lot of starts and stops? Do you find it hard to follow through past the new sermon series at church, new years resolution, or recommitment after a season of pressure? In the book, You See Bones, I See An Army, Floyd McLung defines Dabbling as having a casual or superficial interest in something, to paddle, play, or splash in the water. Never diving in with all our hearts, we get stuck in a state of paralysis and failure. Jesus calls us to a radical life of wholehearted obedience and focused faith, not a shallow, wading around in unbelief and doubt that God could actually be more real and fulfilling than the stuff that I actually follow. The solution: Dive in deep. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” Luke 9:23.
And have we as church leaders encouraged the sin of dabbling by making discipleship easy and programmable instead of risky and faith-driven? Do we enjoy creating dependence upon our teaching and ideas instead of releasing people to experience the deep water for themselves? How can we lead people beyond superficial splashing in the wading pool to deep diving, abundant life in Christ? Do I as a leader DABBLE from commentary to commentary or is my preaching and teaching out of an overflow of what God is doing deep inside of me?