Into Practice . . .

Whom will you worship?

Romans 1:18-23 NLT

[18] But God shows his anger from heaven against all sinful, wicked people who suppress the truth by their wickedness.

[19] They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them.

[20] For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.

[21] Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.

[22] Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.

[23] And instead of worshiping the glorious, ever-living God, they worshiped idols made to look like mere people and birds and animals and reptiles.

Reflection . . .

Whom will you choose to worship?

This is essentially the question we all need to ask, and is the question Paul is referring to in this passage. In his systematic approach to explaining the importance of faith for everyone to be made right with God, Paul begins with the question of worship.

The excuse for not knowing of the existence of God is no excuse at all because they are allowing the truth to be suppressed by wickedness. Whether they are actually involved in such wicked deeds or not, they are seeing them as acceptable and even good. We see this happening all around us in today’s culture, people accepting of whatever minority segment of the population’s behavior, calling it good and even allowing it to dictate norms.

So, why is this question so important to faith? It’s essentially at the heart of all motivation for the life God desires for us. In whom or what will we trust? In whom will we believe? To whom will we worship and attribute all praise and honor, and glory?

If our answer is not “in Jesus”, and “to God”, then we will let whatever it is we trust and believe in control our very beings. Faith in Jesus, for the first time and onward, is all about focusing on God and His purposes for our lives. As we live them out, we respond with greater faith, trust and worship.

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