Jesus’ imagery of a blind person leading a blind person (Matthew 15:14) is so familiar to most of us that it hardly elicits more than a quiet yawn. Altering the characters as in the above title just may create enough of a jolt to kick-start the engine of Jesus’ intention. Of course, it also risks offending all my fair-haired siblings in Christ, so for that I offer in advance my sincere apologies.
What is worship? Worship is not something we do – worship is who we are. The lifestyle of a worshiper should be lived every day so that Christ can be seen in all we do and say. One of the clearest instances of worship in the New Testament is seen in the story of the sinful woman who anointed the feet of Jesus while He was a dinner guest at a Pharisee’s house. The account in Luke 7:36-50 gives us the characteristics of a true worshiper.
In the beginning, humans were created in the image of God but soon sin disfigured that image. Since the Fall (Gen. 3), humankind has struggled to return to the image of God. Today, believers hold to the hope of John’s words that when Christ returns, “we shall be like Him” (1 John 3:2). Christians live in the long struggle between the two images. This brief article reviews the Biblical teaching that addresses how believers may strive toward returning to a proper spiritual formation through the practice of less-emphasized, spiritual disciplines.