One of them is afraid to go in so he wades in the water with his feet.
One of them heads to the kiddie pool and goes in. He is waist deep in the water. He splashes around there.
Kids look at him as the intruder that he is.
One of them asks, "Hey mister, why are you in the kiddie pool?!"
Sheepishly, the man responds, "I like it here."
The kid says to him, "But you don't belong in the kiddie pool."
The other kids chime in with agreement.
The man is ashamed. He leaves the kiddie pool and joins the man who is wading with his feet in the water.
The kids look on and shake their heads. They go on about having their pool fun.
Meanwhile the third man is in the deep part of the pool. He has dived off the diving board with daring moves and exercises. He is swimming with strong strokes. It is obvious that he is in a place of immense enjoyment. He is having a ball with the other deep swimmers. It is a splash blast!
The two water waders look over at the deep activities. The waders look at one another - "Naw" - they agree. They stay ankle deep.
That scenario is like some of what goes on in Christian communities.
There are those who desire to be ankle deep in GOD - a little something something with GOD.
Then there are those who desire to be in the kiddie pool - about waist deep - - some more of GOD but not all of GOD.
Then there are those who desire deep water experiences with GOD - all the way in - fully covered.
Are we wading, kidding, or swimming in the high tides?
Scriptures from the King James Bible:
1 Corinthians 13:11
...but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
1 Corinthians 2:10
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
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