November 22

Evangelism Help Number 3

Exodus 20:3-5a You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them.

Matthew 10:4b “You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.”

Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Psalms 96:9 and 100:2 Worship the Lord….

Most people would agree that we put our trust in many things (see yesterday’s devotional), both inside and outside of ourselves. It’s relatively easy to explain at least the concept of placing our trust in something new or different from what others might be doing.

Where unbelievers don’t agree as much is in the area of worship. We who have what the unbeliever would call a “religious context” or “perspective” see that everyone worships something. Of course, few folks in first- or second-world countries make physical idols of wood or stone anymore.

But if worship is defined as an act of respect or deference to a god, especially with others who believe the same thing, then it’s easy to see that many “unbelievers” in God essentially believe in and “worship” actors, music stars, successful businesspeople, politicians, famous speakers, or even holidays. While they may not bow down and offer sacrifices as such, they give respect, deference, time, money and energy—all hallmarks of a word few would ever use: worship. With that definition, many also worship their own intuition, their own thinking processes, their own powers of observation and deduction, and their own previously held opinions.

Some have an outward “cause” that they give their lives to, including their time, money, thought and energy. The world is a better place for the work that has been done by some of these worshippers, such as those with not a commitment, but an obsession, to fight disease, hunger and injustice, even if some of these folks are ruthless or unbalanced. Some causes are silly or selfish (videogames that end up taking over people’s lives), and we fall back on words such as “eccentric” or “weird.” Some worshippers, however, worship at a horribly false altar, and kill innocent men, women and children, all in the name of their “god.”

When the Bible tells us to “worship the Lord,” it’s not suggesting we start to worship. It’s telling us to direct our worship toward the Lord. Worshipping the Lord means taking whatever worship we have going on in our lives and bringing that worship to Him as the only One worthy of it. As with the concept of trust, we are not that different from the unbeliever. We just recognize that we are indeed worshippers, and we choose to direct our worship to our God and Savior.

Prayer: Father, I worship You! Please remove all other worship from my life. May I be more than a believer—I want to be a true worshipper, giving You only the praise, attention, time and energy You deserve.

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