Thursday, July 21, 2011

Quotable: Efficiency

"Efficiency is a dangerous mind-set to bring to our faith. We do not want to be efficient worshipers, driven by a desire to get more of God in a shorter amount of time. We do not want to be hurried worshipers who value speed over quality. And yet there are multitudes of One Minute Bibles and Two Minute Devotionals available for those of us who just can’t spare the time, for those who need a spiritual fix for the sake of conscience but aren’t willing to sacrifice more time. Despite our best efforts, we cannot escape the truth: quality time is quantity time. We need to be Christians who take time to give sustained focus to one thing—the worship of the living God. He does not call us to study his Word or to worship him more efficiently. God calls us to read his Word meditatively, to give it the time and attention it needs—the attention we need—if the Word is to pierce “to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12)"

Tim Challies in The Next Story: Life and Faith after the Digital Explosion