“Why didn’t you go to bible college?”
This question arose over and again from totally different people the year I graduated from Gresham High School.
Immediately after being saved at 16 years old, curiosity moved me through the pages of the bible. On my youth pastor's recommendations I devoured Luke, Matthew, John, 1 Corinthians, and Genesis.
It was all new.
But after high school? Bordem with the things of God had gripped me.
I was working dead end jobs, wasting time, and weighed down with doubt and sin, isolated from God, the Church, and christian friends.
I felt challenged in youth group, but after that nothing really challenged me spiritually. And without a challenge I found my faith itself waning. There's something about our souls that is unsatisfied, even unsettled with stagnant and needs to go deeper.
There's something about our souls that is unsatisfied, even unsettled with stagnant and needs to go deeper.
But then it happened.
One night after attending a popular local young adults ministry, I was extremely inspired by the depth of the bible teaching. I was learning things about the bible, things about the nature of God, things about reality—I had never heard before.
The taste of depth was like a new zest in my soul. And I craved more of it. From that point forward I vowed to myself not only to pursue theological education in the short term, but to embrace a lifestyle of learning; a striving to know Jesus and the Word more deeply throughout my life.
Not everyone should go to bible college but everyone should embrace a lifestyle of going deep in their discipleship.
Pursuing spiritual depth pays off
The reward of this decision has never ended. The truth and beauty of scripture has paid dividens in my mind, my heart, my marriage, and my family. I don’t claim to have mastered any of these. But Jesus has birthed more joy and vitality in my life than if I had continued in the spiritual plateau of my early adulthood. Most of all, my life is more glorifying to God.
Going deeper is satisfying.
Not only does it pay off to pursue depth, it satisfies. We get bored of the same. That’s why apps that constantly change and progress (think Instagram or your favorite news feed) attract your attention. We were made for the pursuit of more. And God is fully capable of satisfying our interest and longing for that more.
When we constantly turn to these things—or anything else—rather than God, it never fully scratches the itch of our souls and we devolve into spiritual decline. Not everyone should go to bible college but everyone should embrace a lifestyle of going deep in their discipleship.
Are YOU pursuing depth? You should plumb the depths of scripture, the nature of God, and your discipleship to Jesus. Here are 4 ideas for how:
- Read and STUDY books of the bible you’ve never read or know less about. (Lamentations, Revelation, or Nahum much?)
- Purchase a book on theology and FINISH it. (I like to read the authors Wayne Grudem, Chris Bruno, or John Frame).
- Subscribe to a theological podcast. (Some of my favorites are Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul, Gospel in Life with Timothy Keller, and Exploring My Strange Bible with Tim Mackie.)
- Sign up for Rise's Deeper Foundations Class. (July 7th @ 9am REGISTER HERE.)
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways!
that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
1 Corinthians 2:10
For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.