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Whom or What Do You Worship?

PI Girls, as you know, I love reading God’s Word and I will be contributing a couple of articles a month on a “Bible study” topic for you. My prayer is that these pieces will deepen your faith, stir a hunger for more truth and spark an interest in other facets of your relationship with Christ. 

According to the Word of God, in Romans chapter 1, we all worship something: creation (created things) or the Creator. We serve one master or thing in our lives. To some, it can be a career, an addiction, a relationship, money, sports, entertainment, people, celebrities, fashion, and so forth. We can have a balance of passions, but the goal is to focus our lives on the Lord and allow our relationship with God to define us. Our lives shouldn’t depend on whether or not we achieve a goal, or receive what we hope for in life. Amen? I am speaking to myself as well, sisters in Christ!

What is the one thing in your life that could possibly be an idol? In Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, the word “idol” is defined as a representation or symbol of an object of worship; broadly: a false god.” I recently listened to a message from Tim Keller, a pastor and author who spoke on “counterfeit gods,” which prompted me to share some insight from what he mentioned. Keller is the author of Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters. This is an interesting topic that causes the believer to analyze if, in fact, we are in the faith and truly serving our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

In a world filled with distractions, in a fast-paced society where there is pressure to be beautiful, successful, happy and to satisfy the normal demands of this life, it’s a thought-provoking question to ask ourselves: “Whom do I serve?”

No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. (Matthew 6:24)

We all serve someone. We may serve ourselves, our parents or others. We can try to please people and win their approval, impress those with status, even try to win them with performance. We all do it; we are all in some ways serving something more than another thing in our lives. Of course, no one is perfect and we have all fallen from God’s glory (Romans 3:23), but it’s a healthy question to ask if we are true worshippers of the Lord. We need to dig deep and reflect on the Word of God in the Bible to see if our hearts are fixed on Jesus. It says in the Bible, that our heart is like a mirror. What is in your heart? If you don’t get what you pray for or are hoping for, is Jesus enough? Is the cross enough? Or will you give up?

God loves you so much and wants your whole heart. He wants you to have an abundant, blessed, overflowing life of joy and peace where you can confide and trust in the Lord regardless of circumstances (John 10:10). If you don’t give up, God says in the right season you will reap a harvest. The key is if you don’t “faint” or give up. The enemy wants us to give up and to put our trust in people and circumstances…but they will FAIL you. This world has fallen…the only thing that is reliable is the Word of God and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen?

As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. (Proverbs 27:19)

Even Bob Dylan sang Gotta Serve Somebody.” Some of the lyrics are:

But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed, You’re gonna have to serve somebody. Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, But you’re gonna have to serve somebody…”

In the Bible, it says that we can only serve one master (Luke 16:14). It talks about the love of money and that you can’t serve and love both God and the world. This doesn’t mean we can’t make money or have nice things. It’s when we become consumed or obsessed with something like our career, or making money or a name for ourselves—that is when it becomes idolatry.

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (James 4:4)

James 4:4 speaks of spiritual adultery; we should be spiritually married to God, and not stray. When we think of something more than we think of the Lord, it can become a distraction. This doesn’t mean to be extreme and never get a job or be ambitious. No. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t focus or give your best. No, life comes with balance. It is having the wisdom (knowledge of the Word of God) and being practical in life so we can have a healthy life and a relationship with God. If we seek Him every day and we put Him first in our lives, our lives fall into place. (Matthew 6:33)

Something runs our lives. Someone is King or Lord over our lives…who is Lord of your life? This is just a personal evaluation of your relationship with Jesus Christ. We are all convicted of this to some degree. Take some time to analyze your life and pray about where you can repent in the areas of idolatry. You may want to write down some things in a journal or take some alone time. Ask the Lord to help you and really live out the call of God in your life, with true worship and purpose. Amen? I am praying and interceding for you! I love you, sisters in the Lord!

PI Girls, do you have any questions or comments about idols in our modern-day society? How may I pray for you? Message me at facebook.com/TheChristiGiven for prayer requests and questions concerning this topic. God bless you!

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13 Comments

  1. ChristinaGiven

    Posted by ChristinaGiven on July 16, 2014 at 16:48

    Thank you PI Girls!! <3

  2. The Red Pill

    Posted by The Red Pill on July 15, 2014 at 22:48

    Wow, really thought provoking. Nice article! 😀

  3. Wonderfullymade21

    Posted by Wonderfullymade21 on July 8, 2014 at 08:53

    Thank you so much for the advice!! I always come to PI when i need inspiration, or advice from a chrisrians point of view!!!!

  4. Deeblves3

    Posted by Deeblves3 on July 6, 2014 at 21:03

    Amen! Thanks for sharing this Christi 🙂

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by lydia-skylar on July 3, 2014 at 12:36

    Thank you so much for this article 🙂 It made me realize what is taking up too much time and space in my mind. I think it’s time for me to cut those toxic things out of my life, because there really isn’t any space for them in the first place.

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Amy Downs on July 2, 2014 at 15:19

    Thanks for posting this article! And thanks for your prayers too. 🙂

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by naomy360 on July 1, 2014 at 12:53

    yeah,im starting to think im worshiping my guilt or doubt….help

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Amy Downs on July 2, 2014 at 15:48

      I’ve realized that I have problems with worshipping guilt too. Guilt actually isn’t bad. God gives it to us so that we won’t be as likely to sin again and end up hurting ourselves or others in the process. But when we hold onto the guilt, it becomes shame. Strangely, it feels good to dwell on shame. It’s because we like self-pity.

      The first thing to do when we find ourselves dwelling on shame and doubt is to pray and meditate on scripture. Tell God how you’re feeling and ask Him to help you not to dwell on your shame and doubts. Hold onto God’s promises. Think about them. Say them out loud over and over until you believe them in your heart.
      “There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” ~Romans 8:1.
      “But if we confess our sins, God will forgive us. We can trust God to do this. He always does what is right. He will make us clean from all the wrong things we have done.” ~1 John 1:9.
      “God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure he will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again.” ~Philippians 1:6.
      There are plenty more promises to be found in the Bible!

      Another great thing to do when we are dwelling on shame is shift the focus off ourselves. Go serve someone – make a cake or casserole for a hurting family or just a friend or neighbor, do someone else’s chore, visit or serve at a nursing home or homeless shelter, give someone encouragement, go to the grocery store and buy someone’s groceries for them. It could be something big, or it could be something simple. You could even go to a grocery store, collect carts in the parking lot, and put them away so they won’t end up damaging someone’s car.

      It’s hard to fight against dwelling on shame. Things like self-pity, shame, doubt, and depression are like giant grey monsters that will suck you in and throw you down the toilet of life. You have to fight it, but know that God is willing to fight with you if you let Him.

      Hope this helped! I’ll pray for you. Message me if you want to talk. I care. <3

  8. YellowBanana

    Posted by YellowBanana on July 1, 2014 at 08:39

    This is a very thought provoking article! Thank you! 🙂

  9. cassdev

    Posted by cassdev on June 30, 2014 at 17:01

    I can totally understand this post… i serve my future career, i do everything in my power now to secure that i may be able to get that job when i get older.. but if I served God and prayed for His strength in my life, then my life would change drastically

    • mojorising211

      Posted by mojorising211 on July 14, 2014 at 22:50

      I can completely relate to that! Even my freshman year of high school I was calculating what classes I needed to take to work my way up to college credit, what ACT score I would need, what scholarships I could get my hands on, checking the college website o figure out if they would accept my future AP classes and if so what score I needed to make on the test, and finally, I kept trying to find what one job I would be good at. It makes you crazy, it honestly does. I’m not sure when I finally realized this, but by trying to plan out my future, I was taking it out of God’s hands. By taking it out of God’s hands, I would never be satisfied with my life. It’s one thing to say, “yeah I trust God.” but it’s another to actually live it. That idea hit home to me. But I was still worried about my future. Did that mean I shouldn’t be ambitious about it? Not at all! I found a lot of comfort in Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares The Lord. ‘Plans to prosper you, and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future.” Overall what I am saying, let God catch you. Once you let that barrier drop, and you move a step closer towards God, it’s riveting and it revives your soul from those worries. Message me if you ever want to talk more on it!

  10. morethanideserve

    Posted by morethanideserve on June 30, 2014 at 14:04

    I believe that we are all worshipping constantly. But it may not always be God. This was great, Christy! 😀