Why We Worship

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The human heart is an idol factory and everything is susceptible to becoming an idol in our life. An idol is something that is good which we elevate to a god. From political causes, to hobbies, recreation, sports, and people—everything can become an idol in our life pushing Jesus out of the center.

Some men worship old cars and houses. They spend all their time and money renovating them while neglecting time with God and the people he has called them to love, such as their wife and children.

Some women worship their beauty and spend so much of their time, energy, and money on their looks that they are prone to neglect God and others, such as their husband, children, and friends.

Others are prone to worship their favorite band and even spend hours every day online gathering the latest news, downloading the latest songs, tuning into the latest interviews, buying the latest merchandise, and even traveling around the country and world to catch the latest concert.

The question is never, “Am I a worshiper?” But rather, “Who am I worshiping? What am I worshiping? How am I worshiping?” Here’s a hint. Track your time, thoughts, energy, and money. Where is it honestly going?

People are worshipers and will worship someone or something. Thankfully, Jesus came to enable us to worship God through him.

Jesus lived a perfectly sinless life of unceasing worship that fully glorified God the Father. His life, death, and resurrection alone can reconcile us to God. It’s only through Jesus that we can be made worshipers instead of idolaters and glorify God. Jesus saves us from worshiping his creation to worshiping him as creator.

The Bible describes this amazing work of Jesus on our behalf in Romans 6:10–11: “For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

Through Jesus, we have died to sin and have been made alive to worship him. Look beyond the plight of your sin to Jesus. In him, you’ll find victory and freedom from your sin in joyfully worshiping him.