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Don’t Be So Dull!

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010 by James Flynn

Perhaps you have the same struggle as me.  I am not in imminent danger of tossing away my salvation to adopt a life of wonton sin and pleasure.  I have been married for 32 years and plan on staying that way.  I have been “doing the ministry thing” for just about three decades now, so I am not plotting to reject my calling any time soon.  I haven’t kicked the dog lately or called anyone bad names.  So what do I struggle with?  Dullness of heart.  Not flaming hardness, just insidious dullness. That is my weekly struggle, and whatever else you struggle with, you probably have that one on your list. Just like an automobile, our spiritual life does not maintain itself, and requires regular maintenance to keep it running in tip-top shape.  I determined a long time ago I was not interested in a spiritual life that runs like an old clunker – life is too short for that, and eternity too long.  My priority each day is to chase away a dull spirit so I can live each day to its fullest.   

The Scriptures record God’s ongoing frustration with people “. . . Who have eyes but do not see, Who have ear, but do not hear” (Jer. 5:21). It’s one thing to have a set of eyes and a pair of ears, but it’s another thing to use them. Human beings are notoriously effective at hearing what we want to hear. Our spiritual eyes and ears can become dull (Isa. 6:10) and that is a dangerous place to be. We listen and see selectively on our own terms, often when it is convenient and expected. Spiritual blindness and dullness of hearing can occur when we drift away from proper relationship with God…

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