WHICH GOD DO YOU SERVE?

This is a story almost as old as time. As a people, we were created to worship. Now some, possibly those who are atheist, would say that we are not created to worship and that they are choosing not to worship any god. They would however be wrong.

When we think of worship, a lot of times we think of it as kneeling down before our chosen deity. Yet, worship is more than that. It’s really about what do we give reverence to or to put it another way what do we make the highest authority in our life.

Whatever is our highest authority or whatever we give the most reverence to is what we are worshipping. We may never sing songs to it and we may never physically kneel before it, but make no mistake, we are worshipping it.

At any given times, multiple things or people are vying for our worship. One of these easiest gods to point out is the god of money. Jesus never says that money is evil, it’s fairly neutral, but it’s the “love” of money that is evil. Or to look at it another way, it’s the worshipping of money that is evil. That’s why Jesus also says that you cannot serve two masters – god and money.

That’s a principle worth noting – you cannot worship two gods. You might think you are worshipping God and money or God and popularity, but in truth one will always take the place of the other, meaning you will always hold one in higher esteem and if you are holding one in higher esteem, then the other isn’t really being worshipped. Jesus is essentially saying that if you are choosing between God and anything else, then God is the one who will lose out. You must determine that He alone is God and that nothing else is worthy of your worship.

One of the seemingly shared characteristics of all gods is their ability to save us from hell. I heard a preacher say years ago, that if being poor is hell for us, then of course money will save us. If being being single is hell, then of course a spouse will save us. If being rejected is hell, then you will worship popularity. We worship the god that we think will save us.

This brings us to our current state of affairs. Sometimes you will see that certain entities will create a “hell” so that it can also save you from it. Today governments all across the world are creating a “hell” for people so that it can offer salvation. This hell is the inability to enter restaurants, stores or even work at certain jobs without having the proper “medical credentials”. The government now has the ability to save you from this hell by offering you salvation in the form of a shot and the proper paperwork. The reason for this is simple, the government is demanding your worship.

Some will say that Romans 13 is an open checkbook for us to obey any and all demands of the government, but they fail to take into account several instances in the Bible where people didn’t obey the ludicrous claims of the governing authority, especially when those demands went against their faith. The Apostles never stopped preaching the gospel, even though they were commanded to under the threat of death.

“But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.”

Acts 5:29

Look at the stories of the midwives in Exodus 1 or Rahab in the Book of Joshua. Look at the life of Daniel and the three Hebrew boys. There are many examples of defying tyrants in the Bible. In fact, some would say that it’s one of the hallmarks of being a God-fearing person. You fear God more than you fear the government.

“Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God”

John Knox – Scottish Reformer

Again, we worship whatever we hold in the highest regard. If it’s God, we will certainly attempt to live quiet lives, seeking to love others and to love God. But don’t expect the government or money or whatever not to fight for your worship. I believe every Christian will have to face the question, which god do you serve? You can only choose one. Which one do you serve today?

11 thoughts on “WHICH GOD DO YOU SERVE?

  1. Should I serve a God of damnation and suffering, and then chastise myself because he demands it? Interesting, the Creator of the entire universe would want to play psychological mind games with his beloved.

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    1. DW – let me quote Bob Dylan:

      “But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes
      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”

      I know that you’ve gone through a transformation in your theological framework. So if “god” is the god of damnation and suffering, who then is the devil? It’s interesting that so many that go through these types of deconstructive periods never seem to understand where the world, the flesh and the devil play into the equation and many simply blame God for everything.

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      1. No need for a speech. Just a question. With no outside authority of truth, meaning it sounds like you are your own authority, then how do you know you aren’t just creating for yourself a god in your own image?

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      2. But you see, that is the difference, I do have an outside authority, I’m not trusting in my intellect, I’m trusting in the God of the Bible. So I can’t ask myself the same. Your authority is relative, it’s not firm. It’s a castle made of sand (Jimi reference). I’ve been there and that wasn’t liberating for me, I felt like I was in bondage to my own thoughts and whims.

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      3. Perhaps your thoughts and the narrative you’ve convinced yourself of is the God you serve? The Bible’s content cannot be proven, therefore, it’s just another castle of sand for me. Your belief is your choice. ✌️

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