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Reflectors and Interpreters

Reflectors and Interpreters

Feb 16, 2020

Passage: Romans 12:1-2

Preacher: Jobey McGinty

Series: Life as Liturgy

Category: Worship, Identity, Habits, Liturgy

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We don't become "ourselves" simply by looking within. We are always looking outward in order to shape us. If you had been born with your exact DNA but in 600 A.D. in Asia, you would be a radically different person. How we respond to what we see and behold is what shapes us. We first interpret ("i like that" or "I don't like that"), and then we respond or reflect. If every action, decision, thought, and habit is an act of worship, our habits, in reality, are "liturgies." A liturgy is a pattern that we act upon in order to cultivate worship. And we must begin to analyze what we are reflecting so we can form better liturgies to expedite worship and the glorification of God in our lives.

ABOUT THIS SERIES: Your habits form you more than you form your habits. One study claims that 40% of our day's decisions come from habits. Most times, we don't even see these habits; we take them for granted, we mindlessly carry them out, and we move along with life. And yet, every time we do them, they are shaping us, reinforcing patterns, desires, and strengthening particular passions. In short, they are leading us in worship. How do we take back control of our habits and cultivate them in a way that leads us towards godliness and a love for Jesus? One way is to see our habits as liturgy: repetitions done to facilitate worship. When we see our whole life as liturgy, it changes how we approach every decision.