The Awe Factor

Acts 2:43 — A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many miraculous signs and wonders (NLT).

Heidi and I have been married going on sixteen years now, and I remember our wedding day like it was yesterday. And there’s one moment in particular I’ll never forget.

The families were seated, and the groomsmen and bridesmaids were in position. I remember standing at the front of the chapel, waiting in anticipation. The music changed, and everyone stood up and turned their attention to the back doors. They opened, and there she was.

I was awestruck as Heidi began to walk down the middle aisle. I couldn’t take my eyes off of her; she took my breath away (and still does). In fact, everyone’s eyes were on her. She was the center of attention, and we were all captivated. It was her moment. Everyone stopped what they were doing, and focused on her. I was so excited to spend the rest of my life with Heidi, and you know what? She was just as excited to share her life with me!

I imagine the first church reverenced the presence of God in much the same way. The Bible says a deep sense of awe came over all the people. They held Him in high esteem. Unfortunately, many believers have lost, or never had, a deep respect for Him.

It’s a shame, but a lot of people treat God’s house with contempt. They throw trash all over the floor and talk over the preacher. Many are irreverent and spoiled. Some churches have become so self-absorbed that God doesn’t even show up anymore.

I challenge you to take a look at your life today. Perhaps this has been a difficult message for you to swallow because you realize you have lost that awe factor. Don’t take Him for granted. Change your way of thinking, and honor God now. Once genuine reverence returns to our churches, I believe the miraculous will follow.

Habakkuk 3:2 — I have heard all about you, Lord. I am filled with awe by Your amazing works (NLT).

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