Airplane discussions

Surface level

Conversations on an airplane are different than conversations in other circumstances. Have you ever talked to someone when you’re traveling?
The conversation tends to be short and surface level, or long and surface level. Rarely does the conversation go beyond that. Most people can talk at a surface level on a multitude of topics. (I am not saying people do not spill all their life history and problems, that happens a lot. I am writing about knowledge outside of self).

Have you ever reached a point in a conversation where you find yourself out of depth? Maybe you are talking sports and the other person is a ‘professional amateur’ sports commentator? They move into a depth of knowledge you don’t have. Or you realize they have no clue what they are talking about. They are just regurgitating facts that they heard once.

Regurgitating facts is where many of us are in our Christian faith. We do not know much beyond a few basic facts about Jesus. I want to tell you this is great! As a start. It is not great to stay there. This is ok if you are a newborn Christian, not great if are not.

::“I gave you milk to drink, not solid food, since you were not yet ready for it. In fact, you are still not ready, because you are still worldly. For since there is envy and strife, among you, are you not worldly and behaving like mere humans?” (1 Co 3:2–3)

Paul is talking about the problem of immaturity. You can identify immature people by their actions. The church in Corinth is obviously acting childish. A cursory reading of the passage will clarify this.

The problem of immaturity

As you can probably tell I am writing this as I travel through the airports of our great country. On display are what I like to call man-boys these are 25+ year-old men who act like children, dress like children and think like children. I watched a man-boy throw a tantrum at the airline ticketing counter. He was late (his own fault) and was inconvenienced by the flight being canceled. Standing next to him was a soldier trying to get home to his family. The man-boy was in his 40’s the soldier was 18. I only know the young man was a soldier because of his haircut and at some point I overheard the conversation.

What I am trying to show is that it is disgusting to us to see that 40 year-old man-boy’s behavior. However, we act like a man-boys in our depth and understanding of the faith.

God has given us the means to grow beyond our current level of immaturity. We live in a technological wonder age that many science fiction writers couldn’t even imagine. We have access to some of the best Bible study resources, audio, video, and more.

There can be no excuse for us to stay in our ignorance.

What I am not saying is that you have to go and get a theology or Bible degree although education is much more reasonable in this era of technology.
I am going to share some resources of solid Bible teaching sites that you can look at.

The Solution

Paul gives a solution;

::“Therefore I urge you to imitate me. This is why I have sent Timothy to you. He is my dearly loved and faithful child in the Lord. He will remind you about my ways in Christ Jesus, just as I teach everywhere in every church.” (1 Co 4:16–17)::

Paul is encouraging us to imitate him in behavior.
::“A person should think of us in this way: as servants of Christ and managers of the mysteries of God. In this regard, it is required that managers be found faithful.” (1 Co 4:1–2)::

You have the mysteries of God, namely Jesus Christ (Col 2:2). It is required that you will be found faithful (1 Co 4:2). God has gifted us with His word that we can study and learn to imitate Christ.

Crawl no longer as babies, but start to walk in Him who called you according to His good purpose.

I want to spend a minute talking to myself here.

“Matt, you get upset when believers share unbiblical teaching and unhelpful self-help ’fluff’ on social media. The reason people do this is for three possible reasons, ignorance, an unmet need, and willful disobedience. The first two you have some limited control over. Fill that need with Christ and the hope that comes with Him. Fill that ignorance with teaching that is true, accessible, and rich in the Gospel.”

Praying as I read through 1 Cor 2

“God I pray that you will not let me speak with brilliance of speech or wisdom. I pray that I will not speak with human wisdom but God’s power. May I know nothing but Jesus and Him crucified. I lay my life at the feet of the cross and beg for my speech to not be persuasive words of wisdom but a demonstration of your Holy Spirit’s power.

The wisdom of this age with its rulers are coming to nothing. May my words be God’s mystery predestined before the ages for Your glory. Give me the mind of Christ that I may be instructed daily in His wisdom.
Amen”

Resources

https://www.desiringgod.org

https://www.ligonier.org

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