I had a peculiar dream many years back, and it stuck with me for many days after. In that dream, some friends I know to be Christians and I were in my yard enjoying the summertime weather. However, it was pretty hot out, so I decided to set up two pools.
A Tale of Two Pools
The first of the pools was a small wading pool of about 9 inches in height. In my neck of the woods, it’s a common practice for grownups to sit lounge on bag chairs chairs while placing only our bare feet in the cool water of such low-level kiddie pools.
The second pool was larger. It was large enough to host 3-4 grown people.
In this particular dream, most of my friends wanted to do the simple thing; feet only. I was fine with that. Quick set up and fast fill. More time to just chill.
Going All In
Relieved that I was spared having to do the more complex setup, I began to relax. But there was one lone dissenter in the group. There always is, isn’t there?
“You might as well get all the way in,” she said referencing the bigger pool. My immediate thought was, “good golly, everyone else is fine with the other pool, why make me set up the other one just for you?”
Admittedly, that’s my standard reaction for many things. Frustrated, but wanting my guest to feel comfortable and welcome, I set up the other pool, too.
I can recall little else of the dream, but it seemed pretty obvious to me that this is a great illustration of our Christian lives and our willingness to know and serve God.
I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death. ~ Philippians 3:10 NLT
Seeking After Christian Intimacy
In roughly 2006, I personally worked through the J. Sidlow Baxter devotional Awake, My Heart: Daily Devotional Studies for the Year. In one of his devotions, he talks about Christians and who think they know Christ, but never question if they are “all the way in.” Too often, we are merely cooling ourselves from the heat by putting only our feet in the water. Just wading.
The ultimate longing of a Christian heart is to know Christ personally and intimately.
As Baxter says:
I sometimes fear that despite all our busy Christian service, our attending meetings and conventions, our singing hymns, and our outward Christian activities, some of us, even though we are truly trusting on the finished work of Calvary for our salvation, may find, when we pass into the Beyond, that we don’t know Jesus Himself – having so neglected the secret tryst with Christ down here that we find ourselves strangers to Him there.
So, what’s keeping you from deeper waters? Are you all the way in?
Chad Gramling is a author and historian who's “refining life, on purpose.” He regularly blogs about his experiences and how God is leading him at <a href="htt;?/1glories.com">1Glories.com</a>. Connect with him on Twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/1Glories">@1Glories</a> or <a href="Facebook.com/1Glories">Facebook.com/1Glories</a>