Who or what do you worship? This is not a rhetorical question. I’m serious. Who or what do you worship? Before you answer no one or nothing, stop! I don’t want you to lie to yourself. We all worship someone or something. We can’t help it; it’s in our DNA. Man must worship! What’s more, if you’ll give me a few minutes, I am willing to bet I can prove it to you. What do you say? Do you have a few minutes to figure out who or what you worship?
I’m going to skip with my usual practice of citing the definition of worship, but I have linked you to it just the same. Instead, I am going to ask you what it is that you love most in your life. By that, I mean more than what holds your emotional affections, but what is it that you trust in most in this world? You see, worship does not have to apply to a god. It can also apply to a person, or even a thing – if that thing has taken the place of God in your life. So what is it that you trust most in life? It might help if you finish this question:
“Everything in my life would be good – I’d be perfectly happy — if I only had….”
So, what is it that would make your life perfect? Whatever it is, the chances are, that is what you trust in most in this world, and what you trust in most is what you worship.
Some people worship fame, others worship power. A great many people worship money. I know people who worship popularity, knowledge and science. Many of us worship God, or gods, and many of us worship ourselves. Far too many of us now worship government. The point is, we all worship, we just don’t like to think of it that way because we want to be in control. The problem is, once we acknowledge that we worship something or someone, we also admit that whatever or whoever that is has control over our lives.
There’s the rub: people refuse to admit their need to worship simply because they do not want to admit they are not in control of their own life. Well, that’s too bad because none of us are in control of our lives. If we were, nothing bad would ever happen to us. If you were ‘in control,’ would you let yourself be poor, or develop cancer? Wouldn’t you be with the person of your dreams, or have the job of your dreams? Wouldn’t you live where you wanted to live, drive the car you want to drive, live in the house you want and do whatever you want whenever you want? But you don’t, and neither do the richest or most powerful people on earth. Oh, sure, money and power might help you create a better illusion of being in control, but that’s all it is – an illusion. The truth is simple: we are not in control of our lives, which is why we place our trust in something or someone we think will help us. It is why we worship.
At this point, the only thing left is to determine whether you worship the one true God, or you worship a false god. If we worship money, fame, power, knowledge, science, government or ourselves: whatever it may be, these things are idols. They are false gods. None of them can help us. We can’t gain any control over our lives by worshiping false gods. The truth is, we can’t gain control over our life when we worship the one true God. The only difference is, those false gods cannot care for or about us, nor do they have any power in this world. But the one true God loves and cares for us and He has infinite power over this world. When you place your trust in Him, then He can and will look out for you. The problem then becomes, how do we know Who the one true God is?