I don’t remember my dad or mom specifically counseling me to this end, but I remember being guided to look for a wife that had substance, “gumption,” and common sense. God certainly blessed me with such a woman. Certain words, “ditzy,” vacuous, superficial, and frivolous, are not flattering terms. Such is not a quality that should draw a man or woman toward a life’s mate. It is different than gullibility, unintelligence, and lacking in common sense. It speaks to one who has little beneath the surface.
More grave and serious is the condition of spiritual shallowness. Certain disappointing words and actions give evidence of its existence, even among children of God. The price of it is greater than an unhappy, dissatisfying marriage or other relationship. Souls are certainly at stake.
Consider, as an example, church attendance. The attitude that says, “Do I have to come?,” reveals a lack of spiritual depth. Look at David’s depth, who exclaimed, “I was glad when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the Lord’” (Ps. 122:1). Contrast that with the one who dreads or resents attending. A life that approaches attendance as a substitute for holy living or a real relationship with Christ is a shallow one. Jeremiah’s peers had a shallow attitude toward worship and assembling. The prophet says, “Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery and swear falsely, and offer sacrifices to Baal and walk after other gods that you have not known, then come and stand before Me in this house, which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered !’-that you may do all these abominations?” (7:9-10). Jesus laments the shallow religion of those whose lips and mouths were engaged, but whose hearts and minds were disengaged (Matt. 15:8-9). Woe to the one who says, “Do I have to?” rather than, “I get to!”
Some choose not to come at all. Some come when they feel like coming. Some come into the building, but then boycott the Bible classes. Some come in body, but their hearts are nowhere to be found. Some frankly do not make the assemblies a priority, in body or mind. In most cases, the only one that knows if they are among the “some” is the individual. And God. Are you developing depth and devotion daily? Don’t be shallow!