Along the lines of what I wrote yesterday, here’s some good stuff from my friend and mentor Dave:
When most things in life are going my way, I’m rarely wowed by Jesus. Maaaybe grateful to Him for the “blessings” I’m experiencing, because He appears to be enabling my agenda. But it’s all about me. Pulling the strings in my life according to plan. With His help, of course.
But when nothing seems to be going my way, I’m much more likely to recognize my indifference to Jesus: my dissatisfaction with Him, and His performance imputed to me. And frequently the Spirit convicts me of my self-absorption, so I realize afresh, what astonishing, amazing love He has for the likes of me.
Now, I’m wowed.
Success doesn’t nurture wow for Jesus and His love for me, but failure sure does. Fertile soil for Jesus-dependency, Jesus-absorption, so I hardly care about the areas of my life where I’m obsessive, controlling, intense.
And when I’m wowed by Jesus, those around me — both believer and pre-believer, are much-more likely to be wowed by the Jesus in me, making a big difference in my life, giving me a joy and a peace that pre-believers want. Wow is contagious.