by Dr. Charles Stanley
Thursday April 14, 2005
Romans 1:21- 2:4
God created us to worship Him. Because we are made for this purpose, we will worship something even if we choose not to venerate the Lord. Our lives may be devoted to money, prominence, popularity, immorality, or some other vice that becomes a false god. But no matter how many earthly distractions we attempt to worship, we are still be left with a horrible vacuum of unfulfillment.
In the first chapter of Romans, Paul illustrates this point with one particular sin: sexual perversion. You may think you’re okay if that sin isn’t part of your life. But any sinful indulgences—whether actions or attitudes—that take precedence over worshipping God are wrong and destructive. Until we allow Jesus to save us from our self-serving nature, we are spiraling downward into depravity.
When we act as if God isn’t real and exclude Him from our life, we miss out on the whole point of our existence. By ignoring the fact that He desires a personal relationship with us and calls us to follow Him daily, we reject His gracious gift and thereby dishonor Him. Without His intimate influence, our thinking grows more and more futile, leading us to choose false substitutes as we desperately try to fill the void that only God can fill.
Denying Christ His rightful place as Lord of our life will ultimately unleash God’s wrath. But because God, in His great love for the whole world, does not want anyone to spend eternity without Him (2 Peter 3:9), He continues to offer us “the riches of His kindness, tolerance, and patience,” calling us to repentance.
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