February 4, 2018

We often use the expression, “An inch deep, and a mile wide” to define something (or someone) that appears colossal, but actually has very little depth. At times, this expression may have fit the church, the very bride of Christ. For example, the church is often involved in many varied activities. Exercise programs, mom’s day out, kid’s sports programs, community service, political awareness, youth activities and so on fill the calendars and, admittedly, touch the lives of numbers of people. From a casual observer, it appears that the impact of the church is far and wide.

However, upon closer evaluation, we might find there can be, at times, little depth, although much activity. Busyness can be nothing more than a mask behind which believers hide. Was Jesus busy? We may safely conclude He was. But, His busyness was focused, purposeful, fruitful, and connected to the advancement of the Kingdom.

His reach into the lives of 12 men may have seemed limited, even shortsighted, but those men eventually “turned the world upside down.” No, there were no massive invitations, few headlines, and even fewer who “forsook all” to follow Him. But His work was anything but “an inch deep and a mile wide.” Let’s pour our lives into that which truly matters. We may even find we are far more focused, and much more fruitful.

~ Dr. Jeff Redlin