Here’s the email I wrote to elders and deacons at Crestview today:
Today, the final chapter of Dangerous Calling that was recommended for us to study after our last video session was chapter 10 entitled Mediocrity. I resonate with much in this chapter on mediocrity because I knew what was required of me when I worked in the secular world. I worked for a fast food restaurant that was awarded #1 in the nation for customer service in 1991 (and we received a $50,000 bonus as a store). I worked for Sam’s Club during seminary and found their standards for serving the customer were very high. Even when I did marketing work for IBM, I achieved awards for my work not by slacking, but by being efficient and excellent in all that I tried to do. So, in the church, serving the King of kings and Lord of lords, how does my service line up.
Here’s Tripp’s way of exposing the issue: “Mediocrity is not a time, personnel, resource, or location problem. Mediocrity is a heart problem. We have lost our commitment to the highest levels of excellence because we have lost our awe. Awe amnesia is the open door that admits mediocrity. Awe of God is fear-producing, inspiring, motivating, convicting, and commitment producing. There is no replacement for this in the leadership of the church of Jesus Christ.”
Today, then, maybe you’ve watched yourself grow slack in service. The remedy for this heart issue is to return to your awe of the Savior. Specifically, think about the picture we saw Sunday in Revelation 4-5 of the One seated on the Throne. Awe Him. And, let that translate to your service with the highest levels of excellence.