In his home country arranged marriages were the norm. But after living in America, he was having second thoughts about adhering to this ancient custom, especially since he’d never met his wife-to-be.
Still, when she flew into the airport, he dutifully waited for her, flowers in hand, and a gloomy expression on his face. But when she stepped through the terminal, everything changed. She was beautiful! Suddenly his glum demeanor disappeared. The thought of marrying this woman was no longer a dreaded duty; it was a delight. What had changed?
He’d seen her.
Often we serve God out of obligation. We drag ourselves to church, force ourselves to serve others—but our hearts aren’t in it. We’re like that guy at the airport, grudgingly holding flowers for God.
We’re trying to live holy lives because we know we should, but it’s burdensome, joyless.
What can change this?
When we get a vision of who God truly is, suddenly we’re energized to do his mission.
Once we gaze upon his grandeur and glory, obedience ceases to be arduous. Once we grasp his great love, serving is no longer a duty—it’s a joy!
* This post was excerpted from Yawning at Tigers: You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying
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