Anyone who has ever failed to keep a New Year’s resolution will accept the thesis of You Are What You Love: Human beings don’t do what we know we ought to do; instead, we do what, deep down, we want to do.
You Are What You Love
James K. A. Smith believes the key to discipleship is not changing how people think, but changing what people love.
You’ve heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” That doesn’t mean you become broccoli, of course. But a person who craves broccoli is usually a different sort of person than the one who craves deep-fried twinkies.
Our wants tell us a lot about who we are.
It’s your loves that govern your action and pursuits.
Indeed, you are more defined by what you love than what you think, know or believe.
Change your life? Change what you love. Or worship.
Who and what we worship fundamentally shape our lives.
Worship is the “imagination station” that incubates our loves and longings so that our cultural endeavours are indexed toward God and his kingdom.
This is why worshipping with a local community of believers is at the hub and heart of being a disciple of Jesus.
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