Okay, at the beginning of yesterday's sermon, the pastor showed a PowerPoint slide of a yogurt foil label.
I took that visual in a different direction than I think the pastor intended.
Stirrers, skimmers, diggers...We have all of these types in the Christian body.
Those who stir, those who skim, and those who dig. The beauty is that each of us shows all of these tendencies at some point or another.
When you hear "stir" - what do you think of? Is it the negative "stir up bottom muck?"
Or do you think positive?
And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, (Hebrews 10:24 ESV)
As believers, do we stir up one another to look more like Christ? How does this work? For me, getting into the fringes of something, then finding another person, taking that "something" and running with it...with that other person, pulling more and more people into this "something."
Or simply encouraging another into a deeper walk.
I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, (1 Peter 1:13)
what was Peter "stirring?" The list begins... faith, virtue, knowledge.
I see (rightly or wrongly) a lot of anti-intellectualism in a lot of people. "Knowledge" is third on Peter's list and knowledge is what leads to self-control, steadfastness, godliness, brotherly affection, love.
They're in this order for a reason, and each acts a foundation for the next.
How do we stir our spiritual siblings to greater faith, virtue, knowledge?
Merriam-Websters has one definition:
to look over or read (something) quickly especially to find the main ideas
Yeah, okay. That works. Why would a Christian "skim?"
We may skim a chapter of Scripture, then settle on the "main idea" and go for a deeper study of that idea that the Holy Spirit is laying on our heart and mind.
We may skim the church bulletin and rest our eyes on something that intrigues us.
We may skim community groups until we find one that we really click with.
Somebody may ask a question and we skim material looking for information.
These can show good fruit. I know a little bit about a lot of different things. Enough so that if somebody asks me a question, I can point them to good resources. A lot of these things I have not dug into deeply.
I pass over a lot of ministry opportunities that are not in my range of interest...
Waiting to find the right place is good.
but...you if you stay in that "skim" place, or if ALL of your places are skim place, that shows a shallowness that does not show good fruit.
You have to
I can skim Philippians, then land on "I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel,"
What does the Bible say about persecution? Start digging...
I can skim the church bulletin, then land on one opportunity that screams at me...start digging.
But we don't exist in a vacuum. Help others dig!
So, in some things, I'm a skimmer, others places a digger. In still other places, I can stir up others to do their own skimming and digging.
And...that's where I took that PowerPoint slide...