Back in the olden days when I was a wee girl, the common question asked was “who” do you worship – meaning in whom do you place your faith? Time moved on, however, and the “who” was replaced with “what” – meaning work, material objects, money, looks, power, etc. This seems to have happened as the world becoming more erratic and chaotic. What does this mean?
The word worship used to be reserved for the love of God. But in today’s society, people use it to indicate a deep devotion to everything from sports teams, celebrities, nations, political ideologies, or even consumer brands. Others worship status, success, fame, money, nature or physical beauty. It seems anything and everything these days can be the subject of worship.
Sociologists suggest this worship of “what” may come from an innate, inner human need to devote our lives to something larger than ourselves; combined with the increasing lack of religion in some cultures. Instead of worshipping God, we substitute other earthly things. We worship whatever has become most important in our lives. But the danger lies in what or who we worship and its ultimate control over us.
Think about it. The things or people that we bow to as important and meaningful shape the way we think, feel and act. All too often we discover that those things or people we worship don’t necessarily have our best interests at heart.
Now the world will tell you a different story, offering you any and every substitute to win your heart. Unfortunately, none of those substitutes will soothe your soul.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “A person will worship something – have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts – but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming.”
Simply put — the things of this world don’t have our best interests at heart. There is One who can fill those holes, though. God sent Him as a little baby to live among us and love us unconditionally. Have you met Jesus?
John 1:27 “It is He who comes after me, the thong of whose sandal I am not worthy to untie.”