TV dinners… They commonly consist of meat, potatoes, veggies, and maybe a brownie to satisfy our hunger for sweet things. They are quick, easy, low commitment dinners. You don’t have to think much about getting them ready. And when you’re done you can throw out the tray they came in as well, no clean up. But let’s face it; these are more the appearance of healthy foods than healthy foods themselves. The meat is processed. The thing has been sitting for months in your grocer’s freezer, away from the air. Then we nuke it, probably killing the last visages of healthy stuff in it.
If we were honest I would say this is where many Christians are at today. Their investment into their relationship with Jesus is similar to the amount of time and effort you put into a TV dinner. We want simple low commitment packaged spirituality that comes in 15 minutes a day or less. We love the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, 30 Days to spiritual blessing, and quick 90-second devotionals we can read with our morning coffee.
I am not against reading 15 minutes a day or 90-second devotionals. I give away copies of My Utmost for His Highest and Morning and Evening all the time. But you are only going to get so far spiritually speaking if that is all you are ever eating. How many of you can honestly tell me that you could eat TV dinners every day for 10 years and not have some serious heath issues? Many Christians have been doing that spiritually and are wondering why you don’t feel right.
A.W. is right, there are no shortcuts to a healthy and vibrant spiritual life. It takes time and effort. Time and effort in the Scriptures so that you can learn about who He is; time and effort in prayer so you can spend time with Him; and time sand effort to be learning to live the Great Commandment and Great Commission in all of your work, roles, and relationships.
I know saying that is nothing new, or profound, or clever. But the good news is, that it is that simple. Its not easy, but it is simple. Take the time. Make the time. You’ll be glad you did.