Everyone worships something. Some worship their job, others worship their looks. Money, pleasure, and possessions are put on the pedestal of worship by some, while others worship a movie or TV star; they even call them their “idol.” Some of us worship God. Some worship God and a few other gods as well. Many people don’t realize what it is they worship because they don’t have a clear idea of what worship means.
Our word, “worship,” comes from the old English form, worthship. We praise that which is worthy. It is a choice, an act of our will. The essential idea is that whatever it is that we place the most value on is what we worship. Choose carefully. Worship is a shaping influence.
The writer of the biblical book of Psalms talks about idols made of silver and gold in chapter 115. They have mouths, eyes and ears yet the idols do not speak, see, or hear. Anything less than the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer of the universe, when worshipped is inadequate. Then he makes a very important statement: “Those who make them will be like them.” In other words, the Bible says you become like the god you worship. The entire direction of a person’s life is established by what they choose to worship. The objects, idols, and gods that are worshiped begin to manifest their attributes in the worshiper. What you are going to become is determined by what you worship.
Perhaps the best known sisters in the New Testament are Martha and Mary. Martha invited Jesus into their home then proceeded to ignore him. There was so much to do and she wanted everyone to be pleased. Evidently Mary refused to be bossed because Martha complained to Jesus. Mary sat at his feet listening, learning, and growing in her relationship with Jesus, not helping take care of the other guests. Martha asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” Jesus responded, perhaps kindly, wisely, yet strongly, “Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Mary wanted to become like Jesus bringing joy, peace, health and wholeness. Martha, however unconsciously, valued work and the expectations of others more than a relationship with Jesus. Jesus was an add-on to Martha, but of the greatest worth to Mary.
Who or what we value most is our god and the object of our worship. What we worship determines who or what we become like. Are you happy with the direction life is taking? A course correction is never too late. With God, “all things are possible”.