Shaped by God



Key Bible Verse: “Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the Lord our maker, for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. (Psalm 95:6–7)

Dig Deeper: Psalm 95

One of the effects of engaging in worship is to realign ourselves with the one who is the source of life and light. It is a constant struggle to have our wills bent to his. Our protective human shells need to be penetrated by the breaking in of God’s presence to bring about a reordering of our self-driven lives. This reorientation is vital to keep our callings on the rails. It is a simple truth: shape or be shaped. Let worship shape your life—or be shaped by the world.

Before iron ore can be shaped, it must be made malleable through the intense heat of a smelting furnace. We need to be prepared to be bent into shape during worship, but before we are bent into shape, we must be willing to be bent out of shape. The ore is totally out of shape when being prepared in the smelting furnace to be poured out. And so for us, in the fire of worship, we allow the Holy Spirit to work within us to change our hardened hearts and minds.

Worship is not just soothing background mood music; it is awe-inspiring, provocative, and urgent, challenging us out of our comfort zones to reflect, realize, and realign our callings.

– Ken Costa in Know Your Why

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