It is so easy in our culture to lack wonder in our view of God. We live in a society that has it all figured out.Technology can explain so many things today that we rarely are left scratching our heads saying how did that happen. Thanks to Siri, Google, and Alexa, answers to our questions are a voice command away. Even my seven-year-old daughter knows to ask Siri; she once told me that she knew to bring a sweater with her, because Siri said it was going to be cold.
Technology can tell us a lot of things like how a TV works or who invented country music. However, one thing technology cannot explain is Philippians 2:8 where Jesus becomes a man that is obedient to God unto death. We read that verse and shrug our shoulders to move on to something else. We fail to see the significance of what Jesus did in two ways: one is that he temporarily gave up heaven and came down to earth, and the second way is that Jesus who knew no sin was obedient unto death. Those two truths should always keep us in the awe and wonder of who Jesus is and what he has done for us. How easily we forget the significance of what Jesus did. Did we forget or did our hearts grow with entitlement?
Entitlement is a common theme in Christianity. Over time, we slowly begin to believe that Jesus had to die for us – we deserve it. Consciously, we do not come out and say that, but we act like it. When we lose the awe and wonder of what Jesus did on the cross, it comes out in our day-to-day life. We have an apathetic worship experience over and over each week in church. We walk around our families and work with apathy about the Christain life. Then, to make matters worse, we trivialize Christians that are excited about what God is doing and play the “you are a baby Christain” card. The Bible tells us to have a childlike faith, because in Children, we see instant, eye-widening, jaw-dropping awe. Children know the greatness of God without the need for deep explanation. Kids understand that God spoke the universe into existence – they can take his greatness at face value.
The more time goes on, we explain away the miracles and deity of God with human-made rationales that satisfy our curiosity. There is a deep desire in humans to undeify God and deify man. Even in the Old Testament, the Israelites wanted to worship gods made with their hands. This desire is arrogant and assumes that – if we can see it – then we can understand it and with understanding comes comfort. In a nutshell, that is why we are so apathetic toward God. Worship loses its awe, and the gospel loses its power.
Living in wonder is a lot of work that we do not want to put in. We would rather have an apathetic view of God with a passionless faith. The work comes from forcing ourselves to sit and examine the depths of our sin. When we do that, we see how selfish we are and the evil that still exists in our minds. When we truly see our sin, it causes us to pause and think why would Jesus leave heaven to be around sinful humans like me? To makes things more absurd, he then lives a perfect life and dies in my place paying for sins and taking on the wrath of God I deserve.
When we diminish how sinful we are, it lessens the wonder of the cross. Living a life of wonder involves us seeing our depravity in light of his perfection. That miracle should never get old and never cause apathy. This Christmas, be aware of your sin and walk in wonder that Jesus comes down to earth from heaven to pay for your sin, because you cannot. What a good God! May we never lose the wonder of what Jesus did for us.