Sunday, July 18, 2010

Pool Faith

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Today the sermon was cool. Our pastor compared the different styles of faith, to the way we play in the pool!

Are you the kind of person who jumps right in?
Or are you one of those people who steps in one step at a time?
Or maybe you're someone who just sits on the edge and dangles their feet in the water?

That's how it is with faith and God. Some people just want to dive right in! They want all of God, more of God, they're so excited!

Some people are more slow-moving. They don't take things all at once, they like to ease in and explore God little by little. They're more cautious.

Then there are some people who only want a very little bit of God. Just enough to keep them headed to Heaven and away from Hell. They don't necessarily want God all up in their business, but he's a good hobby. They just want to feel the cool pool water, but not much else.

The first and second styles are just different, I think, but there's something to watch out for in the third. We don't want to be those people who want "just enough" of God. We should want to dive in, or at least eventually be surrounded by God's power!

After all, when you look around the pool, who's having the most fun? The jumper-inners, or the foot-danglers? XD



Tragedy101 said...

I really like this analogy, except, that it falls apart pretty quickly.

What is everything besides the pool?

People can't avoid God. God is author and sustainer of everything we know and only through a centering upon self to the exclusion of all else do we ever in the minutest way avoid God.

For those that claim to be Godless the pool is an acceptable analogy, but for a Christian the analogy is completely reversed.

Its more like all that is not God is like a tiny hogwash in the midst of a beautiful landscape. Some people spend their entire lives wallowing in their own filth and stench, perhaps coming up to breath. Some people slowly ease out of the mire. Some climb out abrubtly. God is the air and all the rest of the land.

I have a problem of constricting God, but that may be due to my tendency toward legalism. I want to put him in a box that if I do certain things then he will do certain things, but that isn't God. "While we were yet sinners he died for us." Everything I do is just a reaction to what he has done for me. Since he has made a certain way for me, I should follow and do certain things, but following him and doing these things, rather than constricting my choices, broadens my range of choices.

Kendra Logan said...

I think you over-thought it a tiny bit, Tragedy XD

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

Great post ~ xo


x__Ashley said...

This is great, I love it! :)