Friday, September 4, 2015
You will Become like What You Worship
Rev. 9:20 The rest of humankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands or give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk. 21 And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their fornication or their thefts.
The natural and human disasters which the earth faced in the prophetic words of Revelation were to bring about the salvation of the people. What would it take to have people turn toward God? No matter what was experienced there were those who would not repent and continue to worship the things of the world.
We will reflect that which we worship and therefore we become like that which we worship. When life is consumed with the worship of people who “live like the devil” and material goods that the world considers of value, then this will be reflected in a lifestyle of murder, sorcery and sexual immorality. We become like that which we worship.
What kind of a picture of worship does my life paint? Just imagine someone coming and visiting your home for a day, listening in on the conversation, eating your food, riding in your car, looking over your shoulder as you’re on the internet and relaxing in a chair and watching what’s on your television. Is there anything about that day that would reflect my worship of God?
The call of Revelation is to live as faithful servants of the Lord. It is a challenge to a deeper walk with God that is reflected in every single aspect of our lives. Worship of God is to be seen in what we eat, watch, read, and even how we use and treat the resources that God has provided for us. Worship of God is to be seen in how we love God and neighbor.
Is my life an ever increasing reflection of God? If not, then I may need to think about what it is that I am worshipping.
Lord, please replace the idols of this world with you.
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