How worship shapes you
What has influenced the person that you are now? What is influencing the person you are becoming? Are you content with the direction your life is taking?
The way you worship has the power to influence everything.
People shape you
Someone told me today “you become the average of the 6 people you spend the most time with”. Exactly how scientifically accurate that statement is is beside the point. For me it was a bit of a wake up call to be more intentional about my relationships – particularly to try and spend more time with people I really look up to.
Worship shapes you
But perhaps more important is this statement from the authors of the book Rebuilt:
“Our minds hold our thoughts and direct our feelings. Our hearts hold our feelings and direct our lives. Our souls hold our lives and direct our destinies. What we worship shapes our thinking, feeling and living.”
The $$$ cliche
So, to take a cliche example… If you worship money – that is, be more concerned about it than other things, seek to get it at all costs, hold it as your reason for doing anything – it follows that you will think about it a lot. And if you think about money a lot, your feelings will be centred around money and what the lack of it or aquisition of it means. And if your feelings are all based on money, that’s going to have a major influence on the path of your life.
When it’s all for God
But what if you worship God who loves lavishly when it’s undeserved, serves when He should be served, dies when you should die? What happens to your thoughts, feelings and life when Jesus is the focus and centre? What happens when Jesus is who you are more concerned about than other things? When honouring Jesus is your reason for doing anything?
Three things happen:
- You think about Jesus. How could you not? Which means you think about what He said, what He did, what difference He makes in your life now and consequently you’re more likely to notice God doing stuff in your life each day, meaning that…
- Your resolve will rise out of your relationship with Jesus. When Jesus walked toward Jerusalem for the last time, knowing the end was the cross, He “set His face like flint.” That’s some serious resolve! But it was for love of you and because of His relationship with the Father that this passionate resolve was possible. This can be true for you also.
- Your life will start looking more like Jesus’. “Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” That’s about as direct as an exhortation can be! And then of course there’s this:
“Christ has no body now but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours, Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world.”
So what or who you worship has a huge influence on what your life looks like.
But how you worship is a bit of a big deal too. In fact, there are ‘how’s of worship that can actually change or contradict the intended ‘who’. So that’s next week…
Question: What change are you going to make in your life to start looking more like Jesus? Answer anonymously if you want but this can be a great encouragement and motivation for each other. You can comment by clicking here.