We learned yesterday that we are not the center of the universe. We learned that God was the center of the universe and the point of everything that was, is and ever will be. That has some powerful implications for the way we live our lives in relation to God.
- You and I were made to display the glory, worth and value of God in worship.
- Isaiah 43: 6-7 says, “bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” We were made to reflect and display the glory of God, specifically in our worship. 1 Corinthians 10:31 says that we should do everything, whether it is eating, or drinking or anything to the glory of God, or for the fame of God, which means that all of life was made to be worship.
- Everyone worships something. Everyone in here is a worshipper. You are spending your time, your money, your thoughts and your efforts toward something or someone.
- You may worship your job. You may want to succeed at your job to such an extent that you attend every meeting, you go to every conference, you take every trip and you take every task. You are the first to show up and the last one to leave. You get home and out comes the laptop so that when you get back to the office in a few hours you are ahead. You see it as working hard, the bible would call it worship. Anything you spend that kind of devotion on is something you worship.
- You may worship the approval of others. You bought Christmas presents this year in order to win the approval of your children because maybe if you buy them things they will like you. You bought a Christmas present for your wife because the commercial says that every kiss begins with Kay, or your wife will finally smile at you because you went to Jared. That is worship, plain and simple. You are bringing them, you are bringing her a sacrifice of your money as an act of worship, hoping to appease them or her that you might feel better or gain their approval which is such a strong craving for you, that you can almost taste it.
- We have been wrecked by sin and therefore fall short of God’s glory. We don’t worship and glorify him as we should. Romans 3:23 says that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. How does this happen?
- We worship the creation rather than the creator: Romans 1: 21-25
- We are idolators: The first commandment declares that we are to have no other gods besides the one true, living God of the Bible, and yet, as I mentioned earlier, we have all kinds of gods to which we bow down, whether work or approval or our own selfish desires.
- The bible calls this sin. We have offended the almighty by spurning the reason for which we were created in order to glorify anything and everything but God. Sin isn’t just something we do. Sin is something we are. It’s not just that you lie, but that you are a liar. It’s not just that you take things that don’t belong to you. It’s that you are a thief. It’s not that you just say things you don’t mean, but that you are a murderer. We have been wrecked by sin and therefore fall short of God’s glory.