Worship | Romans 1:18-27
Romans 1:18-27 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-- his eternal power and divine nature-- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator-- who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion.
Worshipping created things has been the unfortunate habit of man throughout the ages. From the Tower of Babel to townhomes and Beamers; from the golden calf to silver Jaguars, we are attracted to created stuff. Perhaps the glare of the shine blinds us. Or perhaps the brilliant reflection attracts us all the more. Whatever the reason, man loves to bow before inanimate objects.
Why is that? Have any ideas? Is it just in our rebellious DNA passed down from Adam and Eve who turned their backs on the Father of love and embraced the father of lies? Is it our independent nature that desires to determine when and whom we will worship? Is it some fallen need to bow before only what we can see or touch? Why is our heart so inclined to go after the things that crumble, rot, rust, and have to be put in storage for the winter?
Is it possible to worship a sport your children play? Can one really bow before a football team? Is it possible to pay homage to a hobby? Jesus said, “Where your treasure is; there your heart will be also.” So where I put my time, energy, and money will be the dwelling place of my heart. And where my heart dwells will be my place of worship.
Are you really serious about knowing who or what you worship? Just take 30 minutes to do an analysis of your time; evaluate how you spend your energy; and determine where your money goes. Then, if need be, face the brutal facts and make the radical changes.
One day, when you stand before God and give an account, you’ll be glad you did.