Shallow & Profound (from Oswald Chambers)

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

I thought the following portion of Oswald Chambers' My Utmost For His Highest was poignant.  It is a part of the reading from November 22nd:
"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 lie, such as eating and drinking, walking and talking, are ordained by God.  These are 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)."

I take myself too seriously sometimes-- over-think, over-focus, over-intensify.  It takes the joy out of God's simple blessings.  Mr. Chambers is not suggesting we sit around and read tabloids all day.  Do you consider yourself a "profound person," or is there some room for a little "shallowness" in your life?


  1. I think this is why we often miss the mark in our preaching. Preaching I think should be theological and have depth, but at the same time should be clear and as Chambers says here shallow so that those who are just learning to swim will not drown in the depths they are not ready for.

    I have several 11 year olds the church here and I often wonder are my sermons and life really having an impact on them. Do we not need to meet them in the Shallows of life to take them to the depths of Christ? Thanks for your thoughts here Brian.


  2. Good points Kyle. The best sermons work on several levels. It seems that we're too often content to be "deep" or "shallow," but not both. It's hard work to do it right.


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