“And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away” (Mar 4:16-17).
The problem with superficiality is that it doesn’t stop you receiving God’s word enthusiastically. Your heart just lacks sufficient depth for the seed-word to grow long roots. Shallow saints can passionately applaud a preacher, but don’t let the word permeate the deep recesses of their heart in order to deal with the underlying issues, thoughts and intents of the heart (He 4:12). A shallow heart is content with surface stuff and is uncomfortable with depth and complexity. One sure sign of being rootless is switching off as soon as church becomes more demanding! Brethren, does it make sense that we can handle deeper stuff in our studies and careers but can’t stand a little spiritual depth? I pray that you’ll develop a capacity to fathom the depths of God’s love, wisdom and power.