Words from the Heart for Thursday September 13th, 2018
They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.
Romans 1:25 (NLT)
Worshipping Created Things
Thank you, Lord, for giving us your Word to keep us from choices that will destroy us. We place you in the highest place. We honour you above everything you have made. You as Creator are the One worthy of all our praise. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
The year was 2003 and Canadian Idol arrived on TV screens all across the country. The media promoted the rivalry between restaurant server Ryan Malcolm and small-town church musician Gary Beals. They named the competition Waiter Boy vs. the Choir Boy. Only they weren’t rivals. Beals and Malcolm didn’t feel like they were competing with one another. After the Canadian adaptation of the blockbuster international reality singing showdown launched on June 9, 2003, Beals and Malcolm became friends, even while traversing a collision course toward the show’s finale.
Human beings will always worship something. It’s the way we were created – with a longing in our hearts to have relationship with our Creator. The problem is that in our selfish desires, we usually prefer to worship idols of our own making. Romans 1:25 speaks of this delusion this way: “They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.” There is only One God who is worthy of our worship and that is the God who spoke this world into being, and who loves us without any strings attached. Instead, the inclination of the human heart is to create gods who don’t get in our way, who we can understand because we created them. This is a lie, Paul tells us here. Far too many people would rather believe a lie than surrender their sinful hearts to the One who is the Truth. Don’t fall for this lie. Jesus alone is worthy of our worship. How can you express your worship for Him today?
These have been words from the heart.