But don't we have this covered? Isn’t this why we pay the preacher, read Christian books that others have written, listen to Christian music that others write and sing, wear Christian jewelry, and put up Christian artwork in our homes? That's all OK to a point, but we can't rely on secondhand spirituality.
We need firsthand exposure here. We don't do secondhand with other aspects of life. Vacation - we don't say, vacation is such a hassle with all the planning and packing and traveling. I'm going to send someone else on vacation for me. When he/she returns from Hawaii or Disneyworld or Alaska or fishing in Canada, I'll hear all about it and be spared the inconvenience. Would you do that? Uh, no. Vacations are meant to be a firsthand experience.
You don't let someone else chew your food, do you? You don't say, Chewing is such a bother. My jaw gets tired and the variety of tastes is overwhelming. I'll hire someone to chew my food for me and I'll just swallow whatever he/she gives me. Would you do that? No way! There are certain things no one else can do for you, certain things you have to do for yourself.
And one of those things/the most important thing is spending time with God and his Word. In doing so, we "set our hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God." (Colossians 3:1) Rather than obsess over the treasures of this world, we follow Jesus' command, "Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Matthew 6:20,21)
Be sure yours is a firsthand faith. Use the Bereans as a guide: “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.” (Acts 17:11)
Pastor Stephen Luchterhand