We are all worshippers.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a Christian believer or not, your affections and attentions belong to someone or something. But today, my heart is to address the disciples of Jesus who have found themselves chasing other gods.
The best way for us to determine who or what we worship is to think about the course of our day. Who are we most excited to spend time with? What do we do with our free-time? How much time do you spend with this person or thing?
For some it might be social media and acceptance. We worship at the feet of what other people think of us, of how we present ourselves to the world. We constantly check our pages to see if we have a new follower or if someone has liked our newest post.
For others of us it might be that person you’re in a relationship with or married to. We want to spend all of our time with them, and they are the highlight of our day. If we don’t see them or hear from them in a certain amount of time, we feel hurt and devastated. They ultimately determine what the course of our day looks like. If they’re happy, we’re happy.
And even another group of us could be the ones who serve the god of business. If we aren’t constantly doing something work or school-related, we feel unproductive and inefficient. While some of the stuff we’re tasked with is actually urgent, we turn the majority of what’s important into urgent, and we live our lives in the fast lane. Our hands can never be idle, our minds don’t have time to rest. Not right now.
The different gods we worship can be manifested in many different forms, and these examples aren’t even brushing the tip of the iceberg. I’m not saying this stuff to be harsh but to open your eyes to the truth of what or who you’re actually worshiping.
You see, the God of Israel is a jealous God. Not in the sinful and spiteful jealousy we know but in the righteous jealousy of a hesed-loving God.
We claim with our lips that we love God and that we serve Him, but if we are honest in inspecting our lives, we actually realize a discrepancy. He isn’t our priority. Sure, we’ll pray when we think about it. We’ll read our Bible if we have time, but most days I just can’t fit it in. I know He tells us to rest in His presence, to worship His name, but I’ve got a lot on my plate. It’s hard fitting that into the day.
But yet we fit social media into our day. We fit that special person, that obstructive business. Think about what or who you spend the majority of your time dwelling on, and you will learn where your worship is.
Please don’t misunderstand me. I know that most of us have jobs and school that do reasonably require our time, but if we loved Christ like we claimed to, we would make time with Him a priority. Whether that meant waking up earlier, going to a coffee shop to be alone with Him, or staying up later to be with Him. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
In Deuteronomy 5:6-7 God says to His people,
6 I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
7 You shall have no other gods before Me.
Are you finding it difficult to really prioritize your time with God? To study His Word? Ask Him for wisdom (James 1:5-6) and then dwell on all He has done in your life, in the lives of those around you.
God reminded the Israelites He had freed them from the oppression of slavery, that He had liberated them from the bondage to others. Having just celebrated Easter, the redemptive resurrection power of Jesus should still be fresh in our minds and our hearts. He has given the Holy Spirit to dwell inside of us, so we can tap into the strength of the Lord of lords and King of kings. We have access to His heart.
Worship Him. Sing songs of praise. Turn your thoughts to His goodness and faithfulness. May the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, our Rock and Redeemer (Psalm 19:14).