A friend of mine and I recently traded book suggestions and it’s interesting which two books we had recommended. She recommended Francis Chan’s Crazy Love and I recommended Erwin McManus’s The Barbarian Way. We had both been profoundly impacted by these two books and so we recommended them to each other.
It just so happened I had Crazy Love on a bookshelf at home because my husband read it about 18 months ago. So I picked it up, watched the Chapter 1 intro video on youtube.com and the ripple effect began.
Chan asserts in that video that those of us in the church can be so familiar with God that he “becomes common”. He asks, “When you say that name [God] that represents this amazing being, is there an sense of awe in you anymore? This sense of shock that “Wow, that he is this holy, amazing, incredible being…. If your high view of God, doesn’t affect how you think of him, then his name is just another word in the sand.”
So I’ve been pondering my view of God, is it a high view or am I too familiar with him so that I denigrate his majesty, holiness, awesome power and might?
Working on a playlist that will remind me to set a high view of God. Here’s some lyrics from one of my favorites:
Everlasting, Your light will shine when all else fades
Never ending, Your glory goes beyond all fame
My heart and my soul, I give You control
Consume me from the inside out Lord
Let justice and praise, become my embrace
To love You from the inside out.
Lyrics “From the Inside Out” by Hillsong United (2006)