Have you ever thought about why you trust someone? I know that I base my trust and confidence in people based on the evidence of their actions. If someone is reliable and they are willing and are able to provide what is needed, we can make a reasoned decision to trust that person and have confidence in them. Another way of saying this is; “We have Faith in them.” This is a faith we know and can understand. What we need to realize is this is not the same faith we should have in Christ, there is a big difference.
The difference is that we cannot only trust Christ to fulfill our needs, we must trust Him in a way that brings Him honor for the one gift that is needed above all others, which is the need for Christ Himself. Our belief, our faith and our trust must be loving and treasuring of Christ first, above all things. One of the best ways we have of showing this love and adoration is through worship.
When we elevate Christ’s worthiness through worship, we discover one of our greatest joys. Conversely when we ascribe worth elsewhere, we are practicing idolatry and this negates the joy which we were meant to experience.
“You shall have no other Gods before me.” Exodus 20:3
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” Matthew 6:21
What do we hold as most precious or important in our lives? What do we live for? What would we say we can’t live without? If our answer or thoughts are anything aside from God then we are dealing with issues of idolatry.
My pride is a daily struggle as most of us would admit to, pride is certainly the struggle of self. But what we need to understand is that pride fuels idolatry. Pride puts us on the throne of our lives and that seat only belongs to God. Its hard to see these things about ourselves when we don’t admit how depraved we are. You may think depraved is a bit much but when we compare ourselves to Christ, it is very much a kin word. The simple truth is on our own we are not able to overcome our flesh, without Christ we would remain slaves to sin.
As we walk with God more and more of the world should fall away so we can fall more and more in love with Him. This doesn’t mean temptations and struggles will lesson but if we are committed followers it does mean we will turn more readily to Him in those times because He will occupy the places in our heart that the world once occupied.
John the Baptist understood this and even said as much “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).
Worship or adoration is the most powerful expression that we are capable of and God is the only one worthy of this expression. For us to accomplish this we must put the full measure of our belief, our faith and our trust in God. But that doesn’t just happen we must pick up our cross daily and deny ourselves in order to keep God on the throne of our lives.
And their are times when we will all say; I can do it! The struggle seems too much and we will fail and sometimes we don’t even want to try. How do we lessen ourselves in order to be filled by God? How can my desire to do what is right be enough, if I keep messing up?
Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.
Do we seek the truth? Do we follow after the truth not because its right but because we love God? Do we bring our sin out into the light? Are we constantly examining our heart through the word? Do we desire to do what is right in the eyes of God and ask Him for help?
It’s not about being right or doing right but simply where your heart is and if it’s with God, then you will desire to do good.
If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God.
1 John 3:20-21