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Feb 07

How Does Worship Transform Us?

Smash Your Idols

From Mark Driscoll:

Because we worship our way into sin, ultimately we need to worship our way out. When Christians commit sin, they do not cease worshiping. Rather, their worship is directed away from the Creator and toward created things. Repentance is the act of turning from sin and returning to God by trusting in Jesus Christ who is the perfect worshiper. This fact helps idolaters become transformed into worshipers. John had just this in mind when he summarized his entire epistle with the closing line, “keep yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21).

Know your idol

Following a sermon on dating, a young woman who claimed to be a Christian who was dating, sleeping with, and living with a non-Christian came forward for prayer. She asked me to pray that God would save her boyfriend so they could marry and be a Christian family. I then quoted Romans 11:36–12:1 to her: “To him be glory forever. Amen. I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” I explained to the woman that their bed was a pagan altar, and when she laid down on it with her boyfriend, she was presenting her body as a living sacrifice to the guy as her real god, and their fornication was her idolatrous worship of a created thing, namely her boyfriend. Thus, she was choosing the guy over Jesus as the most important person in her life, the basis of her identity, the source of her joy and love, and her hope for affection.

Adapted from Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (RE: Lit)

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