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Fully alive

January 30, 2009

For: The Institute of Contemporary and Emerging Worship Studies, St. Stephen’s University, Essentials Blue Online Worship Theology course with Dan Wilt.

We become like what we worship.¹

Let’s take a moment and consider this.

First, what are things that people worship?

Career, power, money, food, God, people, achievements, sex, clothes, tv, status, books, religion, beauty, peace…the list could go on & on & on.

Now think of what/who you worship.

Contrast the characteristics of what/who you say you worship to the characteristics of your life.  Does your life resemble what you say you worship or does it resemble something else? What are you giving most of your time, money, energy to? Answering these to questions should give us insight into what or who we are worshipping. We become like, we reflect, the characteristics of what we worship.

Here’s the thing, every human being is a worshipper.

It’s in the fabric of our being. Our Creator, God created us. He created us in His image. He created us to worship. God created us to worship Him.

In the beginning humans reflected God. What was once a brilliant reflection of God was shattered when sin entered the world. Humans’ relationship with God was changed forever.

Through Jesus, God’s given us a way to become a new creation – to reflect once again His image.

As NT Wright asks:

“So what happens when we worship the Creator God whose plan to rescue the world and put it to rights has been accomplished by the Lamb who was slain?”²

We gaze in love and gratitude at the God in whose image we were made. We grow and we discover more of what it means to be fully alive.“³

Fully alive what does that mean for you?

¹N.T. Wright, Simply Christian, Why Christianity Makes Sense (New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2006), p.148

²Ibid

³Ibid

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