Unlimited: The Creature and the Creator
Apr 28, 2022 291
worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen (Romans 1:25b).
Of all the things that God warns us about in the Bible, from beginning to end, idolatry, or false worship is at the core. Paul here gives us the basic definition of idolatry: to worship the provision, and not the Provider.
In fact, God even portrays the world just before the second coming of Jesus as being divided along issues of worship: the true worshippers of God and the idolaters, who worship their stuff. It says of this second group that they,
…repented not of the works of their hands… and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and
stone, and of wood (Rev. 9:20, NIV).
Worship the Creator not the created
The reason why this is so dangerous is because your stuff is going to burn up and disappear – yes, all of it (2 Pet. 3:7.) And if you derive from your identity from your stuff, what will be your destiny?
To truly worship God is to completely derive your identity from him, and to trust in him for everything. Your stuff may disappear, but God’s not going anywhere. You too will remain forever, if you are with him. That’s why in a final message of warning to the world, God tells us to,
Worship God and give glory to him (Rev 14:7, NKJV).
Examine your own life and ask yourself: Is there any aspect of it in which you are worshipping your stuff? Is there any aspect of your life in which you have adopted the materialistic culture of the world?