Friday, September 12, 2014

Why We Worship

Friday, September 12, 2014
People worship!
Bob Dylan wrote the song Gotta Serve Somebody[1] 35 years ago.  Dylan’s brand of poetry was never my favorite, but he nailed some things better than most.  In this particular song he included just about everyone on planet earth…business tycoons, politicians, poor, rich, blind, lame, those in witness protection, barbers, preachers; the list goes on.  Then he applied this pronouncement:
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
Dylan’s point isn’t subtle – we are created beings, and we have the need to worship in our DNA. 
Some have called the President of the United States the most powerful person on earth.  That may be true, but even with that lofty accolade, a President is still a created being, and will worship…somebody, something, or some being. 
Everybody has a boss; everybody worships!

So Whom (or what) do YOU worship?

We all make our decision about worship – even if we SAY we won’t.
Even a decision to NOT worship is itself a choice.  It’s simply a decision to place one’s choice above allegiance to any other “god”. 
We worship our autonomous self – our independence from anyone else’s control.
But, for the follower of Jesus Christ, we have no business (and should have no desire) to worship self.  The words of The Revelation sum up why we worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; He is worthy – He’s the Creator, giver of life.
And WE are accountable to HIM.
Sometimes we miss that in our busy schedules; sometimes we throw in a little meeting with the Lord, failing to see how we’ve worshipped our busyness and our choices.
Sometimes we miss our accountability to Christ because of the tyranny of the urgent thing, which must be done.  You have a job that requires your attention 24/7, and so you have learned to respond to the tug on that short-leash, rather than the impulse of the Spirit’s leading.
Sometimes you’re just tired and can’t hear anything but the drone of Facebook and the ding of the next text message.
A good question here is, what are you serving?
Is it a life of worship, adoration and praise for the God who is your Creator?

For You, Today

We’ve reached another weekend. 
Will this coming Sunday find you in fellowship with other believers, gratefully praising and worshipping God?

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