You don’t have to believe in God to be a worshiper. All too often the world associates worship with God. And although, throughout Scripture, we are called to worship Christ, He is not the only one/thing being worshiped. Look at the world around you. Everyone worships something. Idols are prevalent. The only question is what is being worshiped? Money? Pleasure? Power? Love? Yourself?
What about you? Do you worship God? Sure, it’s easy to come to church on Sunday and put in the time and go through the motions. But are you truly worshipping Him? Worship of God is so much more than punching a time clock on Sunday morning. It’s about devoting our lives to His glory, not our own.
Joel Engle’s song Nothing Left of Me says it well:
“Strip away all that remains for Your glory and Your
Name ’til there’s nothing left of me
Burn the kingdoms I have made that You would shine
And I would fade ’til there’s nothing left of me
’til there’s nothing left of me”
We are called to worship God with all that we are: “…present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Romans 12:1 (ESV). We are called to worship God in all that we do: “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 (ESV) Is all that you do in life an act of worship to the one true God? Or are you distracted by the idols of the world?
Take a moment to take inventory. Think about what you do each day. Each week. Each month. What do you devote the majority of your time and energy to? The checkbook and credit card statements can be very telling. What story do they tell about what you worship? What kingdom are you attempting to build? Money? Pleasure? Power? Love? Yourself? That to which we are devoted, consumes us, and we worship.
Jesus warns us that we cannot serve two masters: “’No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.’” Matthew 6:24 (ESV) These idols, these gods are waging war within and you must choose whom you will serve. The one true God? Or the lusts of the flesh?