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What do you worship?

POSTED: March 9, 2017 5:30 p.m.

There is only one God, yet some make other things their "gods," putting material things above their devotion and love for the God of heaven.

Some worship the "god" riches. This god is one that captures the heart of any who will fall down before it. "For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows" (1 Timothy 6:10).

While money is needed to survive, the desire for it must be controlled. Some let their wants get the best of them. They begin to miss opportunities to worship God, or to study his word. The feeling of remorse that such opportunities are missed becomes a thing of the past, and so it becomes easier to miss more opportunities.

Jesus gave a warning against covetousness, "And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth" (Luke 12:15).

Sadly, some "Christians" are found in this condition.

Others worship the "god" of self. Selfishness is a terrible thing. Instead of putting God first they elevate themselves to that position; their wants, their desires, their way always. Selfishness hurts the individual more than they realize. It hurts their relationship with God and their fellow man.

Many families have broken up because one or the other spouse was selfish. Husbands and wives need to see the need to put their priorities in the right order. God first, spouse second, others third and self last. If God is held in the proper reverence and place, lining up priorities normally is not a problem.

An example of selfishness is found in Matthew 19:16-22. Here Jesus was asked by a man "… good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? When he heard the answer he was so caught-up in himself he ‘went away sorrowful.’" His wants and desires were more important than eternal life.

In the Old Testament, one can read of a time when the prophet of God called on people to make their minds up which God they would serve. It is recorded in 1 Kings 18. One verse in particular poses the question: "How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him" (1 Kings 18:21).

In other word, he was asking the people to make up their minds, and stop trying to serve both God and Baal. This same statement needs to be said today.

Many "Christians" are just those to whom Elijah was speaking. They want to think of themselves as Christians, they want others to think of them as Christians, but they also want to in the world. While they may not be serving "Baal" as such, they are serving a god they chose and are trying to keep a foot on both sides of the fence.

This is not possible if a person truly wants to be a follower of Christ. Jesus put it like this, "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. Ye cannot serve God and mammon" (Matthew 6:24).

Each person must make a choice to either serve God or Satan there is no middle ground. What God do you worship?

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