The article Man Needs Worship To Be Fulfilled was posted yesterday by a man that I greatly respect, Chris DeCicco. Chris tackled the subject of man’s need to worship. Chris and I spoke before his article posted and agreed that I should reply to his article.
If for no other reason, then by his own words, “Of course, some might argue that the solution is simpler and involves truly and fully worshipping God, which is the rightful worship object. That may be the solution, but I’m not qualified to provide an opinion on how to do that. I’ll leave that to others.” I am the others.
I do not think there’s anything in this article that I disagree with and a whole lot that I do agree with. Man has always needed to worship something. It does not matter where you go in the world, how remote people are; they have a worship system that they follow.
I believe this is because God forms us in the womb, and as King David said, “God knows us from the womb,” and because of this, once we exit the womb, we have a desire to know him once again. I call it the divinity spark that is within us.
Now the divinity spark is not something in the Bible; this is my theory in my thought process. You see, we have mortal bodies housing an immortal soul. This immortal soul is our link to the Divinity. God formed us, he created us, and he created us with an eternal spirit.
In Christianity, my world, you have two options after death, and that is heaven or hell. It does not matter which direction you go upon death; your soul does not perish it lives on, either in paradise or eternal damnation. And I believe that subconsciously we know this, we can feel that there is a forever, we just often do not know what that is.
So, we take it upon ourselves to find something to worship because of this spark of divinity. Often times, especially in today’s world, the object of our worship, focuses on having our paradise here on earth and the life that we are living now. I think a lot of this has to do with what our society has become in the sense that we have lost our patience. We do not like to wait for things.
We are used to having it our way right now. I think this mentality has bled over into the spirituality of our society and of our church and of our people. We do not want to have to wait for death to receive our reward.
Because of this, we often create our graven images, our idols of worship.
Because of this, we are surrounded by our little G gods. The very first commandment that God gave Moses was thou shalt have no other gods before me. And this was a warning to all of us to be mindful of what we worship. As Chris talks about, sometimes this is a success, work, sex, relationships, drugs, alcohol, material things, political ideologies, political leaders, or a combination of these. And as he pointed out many of these in and of themselves are not terrible things, the problem lies when we become obsessed to the point of worship.
What does the Bible define as what we worship, or what our god is?
To Simply put anything that occupies your mind more than God the father is your god. God should be forefront in your mind, he should be there when you make your decisions, he should be there when you go through your trials, he should be there when you go through your tribulations and your celebrations. More on that in a minute.
So, in humanity, the problem with idol worship is often we find the need to sacrifice to our idols. And what one time in history this was human sacrifice or animal sacrifice, has now become a sacrifice of ourselves and our time. In today’s society, time is probably the most valuable thing any of us have. Everything is after your time; everything wants your attention. TV, radio, advertisements, my blog article, everything wants your attention.
As a society, we are vying for each other’s attention. And as a society we pay for it with our attention, which translates to our time.
The late great preacher Leonard Ravenhill once said in a sermon, people cannot spend 10 minutes in a Bible study but can spend two stinking hours at a movie house. And that is where we are today, society wise and church wise is that everything else holds our attention so much more than God does.
We take things that we enjoy, such as sex, and we began to focus all our time and attention there. Suddenly you have gurus giving convention speeches on picking up and laying as many women as possible. I have recently watched people aggressively defend the use of pornography. In these situations, sex has become the god, the idol of worship for these people.
Chris also touched on addiction, and I agree with him that addiction stems from Idol worship. If for no other reason than at some point in time, someone gave their trust over to a pill or a bottle versus God. Instead of leaning on God as we are instructed to do, instead of laying our burdens at his feet, instead of asking him to come in and take over, we self-medicate, grab the liquor bottle, or grab the pill bottle. And what we have essentially done is replaced God by our own means.
It is also worth noting that there is no room for God, the creator, and something else in your life. God gets all your attention, or he gets none of it. God directs your life, or he directs none of it. There is no such thing as a moderate Christian. If you are a moderate Christian, you will not live a true Christian lifestyle because the Bible does not give you room to sit in the middle.
Revelation 3 :14-17 “14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s creation.
15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked.
I will make the point again. If you are a Christian, there is no room in your life for two gods or three gods or ten gods. You have room for one God, the creator of the universe. God does not share his authority.
God does not share his position of worship. Jesus told us to take our cross up and follow him if we were to be disciples. Jesus also said we were to go into all the world and preach the gospel, which makes us disciples.
There is a heavy burden that God and Jesus placed on the Christians and one that should not be taken lightly. And it all boils down to having one God and faithfully serving that one God.
Matthew 6: 24 “no man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”
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