"Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from the eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the newborn King of the Jews? We saw His star as it rose, and we have come to worship Him." Matthew 2: 1-2
My Pastor started a new message series Sunday titled, "Come To Worship". I am so excited about it! Did you know that you were made to worship?
The thing is, we all worship something or someone... but we don't all worship God.
In the Scripture above, that we read during this time of year the most, we see these wise men traveling to worship Jesus. The Scriptures do not tell us that it was probably about a 900 mile trip that took these wise men literally YEARS to get there. When they arrived, Jesus was probably about 2 years old. (We know this, because after they left Herod, he ordered all boys ages 2 and under killed.)
Anyway... have you ever heard that saying that we all have "God shaped holes" in our hearts?
I know it sounds weird, but it's kind of true. God created us to worship Him. To have a relationship with Him.
He did not do this because He's so full of Himself to He needed humans to bow down to Him, and on the other hand, He didn't do this because He's got low self esteem either.
He is God. Creator. Father. Everlasting King.
He had a perfect relationship with man until man sinned. Adam and Eve did worship God in every day life. Sin changed everything.
So, if you happen to not be worshiping God, how do you know what you are worshiping?
Josh said, "It's more about what you DO than what you SAY."
"Follow the trail of your time and treasure, that will lead you to what you worship."
If you've been reading my blog for long, you know that I always talk about how time is the best thing you can give someone. Josh said, "Love is spelled T.I.M.E." That just makes me smile!
Your time is a limited commodity. We are all only given 24 hours in a day. Whatever you spend the most time on, it's what you worship.
And all of my Netflix binge watching readers just said, "OUCH!" I feel ya! It's hard to hear things like this sometimes. But it's the truth.
Next, where does your treasure go? Josh said, "Giving is connected to your heart. Jesus talked more about money than anything else." You can look at your bank statement and see what is the most important thing you spend your treasure on.
The point here is this: God tells us to put Him first in our lives for OUR sake.
God says we can live any way we want, but things will not work out the way they are supposed to if you do not have Him first in your heart and life.
Worship changes everything about us. Because your worship determines your worth.
Do you know where your worth comes from? Are you worshiping God in spirit and truth?