We are living in an age where we are in overload over everything. We live in a land of abundance, which is a wonderful blessing; but it can also cause problems.
Having so much variety makes us indecisive. There is more information, knowledge, and stuff out there then we could ever hope to access. Because of this, we rush through the things we do come across so we can quickly get to the next thing. Rather than taking in teachings deep, we merely want to sample and move on.
But sampling doesn't help to get into the depths of heart change. Sampling merely scratches the surface and offers information, but it doesn't have time to take root and cause transformation. And transformation is really what our goal should be.
I'll be the first to admit, I can be commitment handicapped. There is so much out there I feel like I need to know that I want to just get through this book so I can get to that book, and it often results in piles and piles of unfinished books and no transformation.
The same is true for Bible reading. We begin a study, but we don't commit to sticking with it because something more appealing comes along. So, we abandon what has become "boring" to us and move on to something new. The problem is, we don't finish that study either and it becomes a cycle.
This is when a reevaluation of motives really comes into play. Are we committed to consumption or conversion?
We are living a life of distracted faith. We cannot stay focused on one thing because hundreds of things scream at us. We cannot press into God hard because the voices of everything else are too loud. We grow impatient when we don't get immediate answers, so we move on to the next potential solution.
We lack true devotion because we lack commitment.
Have you ever signed up for a book club and dropped out after the first week or two? Or about Hello Mornings or Good Morning Girls? I've signed up for all of them and fizzled out after a week or two. I admit right along with you that I lack commitment in these areas. This is something I want to change because I feel like I'm running in circles and getting nowhere.
I don't want these things to be merely a fad.
The old saying still rings true today, "You get out of something what you put into it."
I want to challenge you (and me) to set aside the rush for consumption and instead wait on conversion. Wait on God for that heart of change that will lead to a life of change.
Pick up a book by a wise author and drink it in deep. Let their words and wisdom really settle in so God can work through it. If we are constantly moving from book to book, we don't let enough time for the teachings to take root and really change us.
I do believe that God can speak through other people, and He does. Are we taking the time to listen to what they have for us? Or are we wrapped up in consumption; in how much we can get through in the least amount of time possible?