In 1951 Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell sat down and began to write a song. In 1970 the blues artist B.B. King would take this song all the way to the top of the charts. This song’s title was “The Thrill is Gone.” It was in this song that the “King” sang about a woman who did him wrong and stole the thrill from their relationship. While there is certainly a disconnect between the lyrics of this song and our relationship with God, I do see a similar trend in the Lord’s Church. Many people start off their walk with God with enthusiasm and joy, over time this joy begins to fade until they look around and say “The thrill is gone.”
In fact, Christ alluded to this in (Matthew 18:2-4) “And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, (Vs.3) And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Vs.4) Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
While Christ’s main point about these children was their innocence, another great lesson we can take from children is their joy and wonder. We need to have this same joy and zeal in our faith! So, what do we do when we do not share this same childlike zeal for God?
- Remember why you became a member in the first place: Whether it is your relationship with God or with a spouse, it is always a good practice to go back to the basics that made you commit your life in the first place. Go back to the Word of God and read through the Gospel accounts. When you read about the humanity of Christ, remember why he came to earth in the first place. (1 Timothy 1:15) “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” When you keep in mind why Christ came to earth it helps stir up appreciation and zeal.
- Seek deeper study and worship: If you have been a member of the Lord’s church for some time, you know that it is very easy to get into a routine in worship. While there is nothing wrong with doing the same pattern in worship, sometimes we can find ourselves going through the motions in an almost robotic state. To avoid this rut, seek deeper study and worship. How? Start off at home! While we cannot control the sincerity of those around us, we can make sure our heart is prepared for worship. Note what Christ told the Samaritan woman in (John 4:23-24) “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. (Vs.24) God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”III. Pray: Prayer is probably the best way to bring back the zeal to your faith. We must remember that God has spoken to us through His Word (2 Timothy 3:16-17) “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (Vs.17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” Likewise, we speak to God through prayer. (1 John 5:14-15) “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: (Vs.15) And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” Any relationship without communication will slowly die. The same is true with our relationship with God. If we do not read what God is saying to us and if we don’t talk to God, we will soon be found saying “The thrill is gone.”
Friends, I pray this lesson has helped stir up zeal and joy for the Word of God. May the thrill of serving God always be present in your life.