Our very lives are an act of worship. Every decision we make is an act of worship. Where we focus our time and energy, spend our finances, and the paths we choose to walk all reveal what we value and treasure.
While we can trick ourselves into thinking that we faithfully worship God, we would likely land closer to the truth when we carefully and honestly examine our daily choices to see what they actually reveal about our commitments and priorities.
I think we can speak about our faith, being quite confident that we are faithful in our worship of God. Yet, it is more likely that self-examination will reveal that we unconsciously or consciously worship a number of idols.
For when someone has hurt me am I able to remain faithful to God’s call to forgive, or do I choose to hold tight onto the idol of self-love of self-protection and refuse to forgive?
When I examine how I spend and invest my money can I honestly say that I willingly share my resources through tithing or donating to worthy causes, or do I hold tight to my finances because I worship the security that I think it represents?
Or if when have the opportunity to provide hospitality for the vulnerable and wounded, am I able to throw open my doors, or do I worship the idol of perceived safety for my family and friends and build a wall?
Is it possible that my love for my partner or children or parents overrides my love for God?
As we ask the questions and examine our lives we will begin to see where our hearts and minds and energy is most focused. Exposing what we love the most. And what we idolize and worship.
For every act service and choice – are also acts of worship.
But the saddest part of serving these earthly idols – is that it turns us away from worshipping God. And so they will always lead to disappointment and an ultimate lack of fulfillment.
Matthew wisely wrote, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew6:19-21)
So the question really is, not whether we worship. But what and whom we worship.
Day 1 of #31Days of Writing: @fiveminutefriday’s one word prompt: “Worship”