Pastor Kevin Williams
There has always been a temptation for God's people to worship other gods. The people of Israel were told by God, "You shall have no other gods before Me" (Exodus 20:3). They were commanded to love God with every part of their being (Deuteronomy 6:5). But the society around them reflected a lifestyle rooted in the false gods that they worshipped. This pressure from the world often drew the hearts of the Israelites away from God. There were times in history, however, where the people tried to do both. They attempted to serve God and the false gods of the surrounding nations. The Old Testament Scriptures record that "They feared the Lord, yet served their own gods—according to the rituals of the nations from among whom they were carried away" (2 Kings 17:33).
Does the same thing happen today among God's people in 21st Century America? Are evangelical Christians claiming to worship God while their hearts are serving the false gods of society? Do we build monuments to be worshipped (like cars and houses)? Do we reveal the gods we worship by the daily rituals we engage in (jobs, hobbies, entertainment)? What is the object of worship reflected in the way we live our lives?
The god of greatest esteem for most Americans is money and what it can buy. But Jesus said, "You cannot serve God and money" (Matthew 6:24). He also said that your heart is revealed by what you treasure most (Matthew 6:21). You see, your object of worship is probably no secret to your family and friends. They hear you talk and watch you live. They know what excites you. They know what you love and what you dislike. What would those people say about your worship? Would they observe in you a love for God above everything else? Or would they see in you contradiction between Who you claim to worship and what you really devote yourself to? Jesus made it clear: you cannot serve God and something else.
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Pastor Kevin Williams and the staff of Tri-City Baptist Church write or re-post articles based on God's Word the Bible. These articles are meant to be applied to daily life and Christian living by God's grace.