“Let my people go, so that they may worship me.” (Exodus 8:1)
Understanding the meaning of worship requires looking beyond what people do to see with the eyes of faith what God does. God uses worship to transform lives, heal wounded souls, renew hope, shape decisions, provoke change, inspire compassion, and bind people to one another. We don’t attend worship to squeeze God into our lives; we seek to meld our lives into God’s. It’s a time to think less about ourselves and more about faith, less about our personal agendas and more about God’s will. We encounter a fresh vision of God’s reality in Christ so that God’s Spirit can reshape our lives and form us into the body of Christ.
Excerpted from Cultivating Fruitfulness, ©Abingdon Press, 2008.