We are made in the image and likeness of God; which means worship is in our DNA, it’s apart of us. Worship is not merely an aspect of our being, but it is the essence of our being as God’s image-bearers. This means then that life is ceaseless worship. God did not create us to worship, but rather we are created by God worshiping, this is a characteristic unique to humanity. The reality is that everyone worships all the time. Atheists, agnostics, Christians, and everyone in between are unceasing worshipers. While the object and method of worship varies, the act of worship does not.
The biblical word for the opposite of worshipping God is idolatry. Every human being—at every moment of their life, today and into eternity—is unceasingly doing either the former or the latter. Worshiping God or committing Idolatry.
Idolatry happens when something or someone “takes title” in their heart. Almost anything can become an idol in our lives, and often these idols are good things in and of themselves, but become idols when we elevate them to the place of God in our lives and unwittingly direct our worship toward them. In other words, when our happiness, identity, and security are connected to having one of these good things, we are worshipping idols, no matter how much we may say we love and trust God.
This past Sunday, we talked about identifying our idols and redirecting our worship toward God, the only one who can provide the love, joy, peace, satisfaction and security that we all desire.
It has been said that if we worshipped ourselves into sin and idolatry, we must worship our way out. This is called Faith and Repentance. When we sin and commit idolatry, we “functionally” believe that created things can provide more than our Creator God. This is crazy! The reality is if we fully believed God and rested in the Gospel, we would stop sinning. As Tim Keller says, “the sin underneath all other sins is a lack of joy in Christ.” When we believe that Jesus is enough, and are fully satisfied in Him, then we will no longer look elsewhere for what only He can provide.
In other words, when I repent of my idolatry and believe the truth that I already have everything I long for “in Christ” – God’s favor, love, delight, safely, security and joy, my internal need to sin is undermined. I can learn to obey God joyfully, in deep humility, courage and gratitude.
So what are you trusting in and worshipping that are robbing you of the abundant life that Jesus promised and died for? Here are a few questions to help you identify your idols, so you can turn from them (repent) and believe God:
What do you love? Hate? What do you want, desire, crave, lust and wish for? What do you seek, aim for, pursue? What can you not live without? What do you fear? What do you tend to worry about? What do you think you need? Where do you find refuge, safety, comfort, escape, pleasure, and security? What or who do you trust? Who must you please? Whose opinion of you counts? From whom do you desire approval and fear rejection?
Remember God is Great, so you don't have to be in control. God is Good, so you don’t have to look for satisfaction in lessor things, God is Glorious, so you don't have to fear others and God is Gracious, so you can run to