Our bodies naturally reflect what affects us. I cringe when a glass of milk is about to be knocked over; I open my arms wide as my daughter runs to greet me; I jump up from the couch with my hands upraised when my team scores the winning goal; I gratefully applaud unselfish acts of service; I cry when a friendâ€™s child dies. Is the church the only place where our bodies canâ€™t express what our minds are comprehending and our hearts are feeling?
. . . Some think itâ€™s hypocrisy to express honor towards God physically when they donâ€™t feel anything in their hearts. On the contrary, itâ€™s only hypocritical when we act a certain way to give others a false impression of our spirituality. A better response is to acknowledge our lack of desire for God as evidence of our innate sinfulness, and to begin to fill our minds with truths about His kindness, mercy, holiness, grace, and goodness, especially expressed to us in the Gospel. We then act in faith, trusting that God will give us a greater passion for Him. (source)
And one of my favorite lines:
So our goal must be to help people hear, see, and understand the right things.
For anyone who wonders what I’m thinking when worship starts at 10:30, that’s it. I’m thinking, “If we could see You better today, Lord, we would be changed. Help me to declare Your truth in a way that opens the eyes of hearts.”
When we see differently, we act differently. All of life — everything we do — is a response to what we believe to be true. May the great Truth, the reality of Him, penetrate our hearts in such a way that we live up to our name: people of faith.