Here’s my email to elders and deacons at Crestview related to our Dangerous Calling study on 10/15/13:
For today’s thought on Tripp’s Dangerous Calling, we return to chapter 8 on “Familiarity.” Tripp is driving at how awe of God is to be the center of our existence and applies it to our ministry areas: “Awe of God must dominate my ministry, because one of the central missional gifts of the gospel of Jesus Christ is to give people back their awe of God. A human being who is not living in a functional awe of God is a profoundly disadvantaged human being. He is off the rails, trying to propel the train of his life in a meadow, and he may not even know it. The spiritual danger here is that when awe of God is absent, it is quickly replaced by our awe of ourselves. If you are not living for God, the only alternative is to live for yourself. So a central ministry of the church must be to do anything it can to be used of God to turn people back to the one thing for which they were created: to live in a sturdy, joyful, faithful awe of God.”
While there are many things we can be about in ministry, let’s stand in awe of God’s love for us in the Gospel and how it creates an awe of God and be reminded that this is the goal of our work. (If you need a Scripture, run to Psalm 145.) Hoping today that we as a collective team could be in awe of God.