A few weeks ago I went to get a haircut. And as I was sitting in the chair, the man cutting my hair started up a conversation.
It was mostly small-talk, but a conversation nonetheless.
After a while of talking about the weather and our children, he asked, “How long had I lived in Corpus Christi?”
“Five months”, I answered.
He then asked, “Do you like it here?”
“Yes, I love it here. I especially love going to the beach with my family.”
“Oh.” he said. “I’ve lived here my entire life and I haven’t been to the beach in nearly ten years. It just gets old after a while.”
My heart sank.
He had lost his sense of awe.
Now, before we think this guy is nuts, we need to realize that we often do the same thing, especially in the church.
We often lose our sense of awe.
Here’s what happens: We come to know Jesus. We go to church. We start to serve. We start to give. We feel fulfilled.
And then somewhere along the way, we lose sight of the reason why we do the things we do.
We start complaining about, well, anything and everything. We begin to develop a sense of entitlement. We stop going to church on a regular basis. We stop serving. We stop giving.
And then we ask ourselves, “Why do I feel so empty?”
It’s because we’ve lost our awe.
So, how do we get it back?
How do we get our awe back when it comes to our relationship with God?
We start by remembering.
We need to remember the day we met Jesus. We need to remember what it felt like when He extended His arm towards us and lifted us out of mud.
We need to remember what it felt like the first time we allowed Jesus to wrap His arms around us and hold us closely.
We need to remember when He saved us and delivered us.
Because remembering helps re-establish the awe.
Enjoy the now.
I’m a pretty driven person.
I want to succeed. I want to do well. I want to see results. I want to see the Kingdom grow. And I’m sure you are the same way.
Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with this, in fact, we should be burdened to see the Kingdom grow, but what often happens in the church is that we become so consumed with what’s next that we never fully enjoy what’s now.
For example, we tend to obsess over the empty seats in the sanctuary on Sunday morning, but we forget that over the last month several new families have started attending.
When we cannot enjoy what’s now, we’ll start to lose our sense of awe. So take time, enjoy what God’s doing now.
We need to pray.
Sometimes, especially in the church, we spend so much time trying to do things in the Name of Jesus, that we never spend any time with Jesus.
And if we don’t spend any time with Jesus, then it doesn’t do a bit of good to do things in the Name of Jesus.
Want to recapture your sense of awe? Then spend time in prayer talking to Jesus about Jesus. I promise you, if you do this, His goodness will overwhelm you.
And let’s be honest.
We all need to be overwhelmed by Him.