Desiring the Kingdom Book Club, week 11: To Be Fully Human is to Worship

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Desiring the Kingdom Book Club

This week in Desiring the Kingdom, we delve into the meat of the book: how worship shapes us and makes us a peculiar people.

Summary:  Being called to worship

Embedded in our gathering in response to this call is an implicit understanding of what is required for human flourishing. To be human is to be called.

The church is God’s called-out people. God calls, and we respond by gathering as a body to worship. This is the defining part of our week and also of our identities – or, it should be.

It is a call to be(come) human, to take up the vocation of being fully and authentically human, and to be a community and people who image God to the world.

I don’t agree that the image of God is a task and calling, but I agree with his point about man’s vocation nonetheless. I think the imago Dei is distinct from the cultural mandate, but now is not the time to quibble about terms. We are created in God’s image and we have been entrusted with a task which we failed in Adam to complete, but which Christ has fulfilled and will fulfill through us, His body.

In order for such cultural unfolding to be done well, it must find its animus and direction in a covenantal relationship with the Creator.

Worship, corporately, needs to be the focal point. I loved this particular way of expressing it, that worship is the animus of our cultural tasks (which encompass all our work in the world).

Because of our sin […] our ability to undertake this vocation is lost; we lack the wisdom, discernment, and will to carry out the task. Thus God calls us to himself to find renewal, restoration, and reordering.

Oh how we mothers educating our children know keenly that we lack the wisdom, discernment, and will we require. Worship – corporately, on the Lord’s Day set aside for rest – is where he promises to grant us the renewal, restoration, and reordering we so desperately need. It is in the service of worship that we experience God’s provided means of grace.

The vocation of being human requires utter dependence on God

and so

human flourishing requires a dynamic relationship with the Creator of humanity; in short, worship is at the heart of being human.

Let us not neglect the gathering together of the saints, but let us respond with joy to the call to worship.

Further Book Club Conversation

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Next week: Chapter 5, “God’s Greeting” through “Song,” p.166-173

One Response

  1. Missy
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    I would love for you to quickly expand on the comment concerning the fact that the image of God is not a “task and calling”. I had not heard James’ point before and it intrigued me and I am wondering what the distinction is for you. Thanks!