MAGNA DEVOTION: 10 Values That Build Strong Families (No. 2: Worship Only God)

Television and media, movie stars, gadgets, on-line games… name it, we all succumbed to these guiltless pleasures.

We spend countless hours watching the reruns of the shows which have our favorite actors/actresses on it, while playing on-line games. We tend to forget the hours while doing these altogether, worse, we tend to forget the things which we value because the time we spend on these activities. We become restless whenever we are not abreast with the latest technology, we feel we don’t fit in if we can’t have what we want, material-wise. We tend to “idolize” or value things more than God instead of concentrating on his blessings and glory.

“You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. 5You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me.” (Exodus 20:4-5)

Idolatry is still trying to work its way into our lives and distract us from worshipping and obeying God. When it comes to idolatry, the danger is not in an item… it is in us. In a fallen world, people constantly seek things they can worship, even though the Creator is before us in plain view. We are all looking for something to worship and serve. Idols come easy, but go hard.

There are three known “idols”: Baal, the god of sex; Mammon, the god of money; and Molech, the god of violence. We see them as the images of success, wealth, status, and sensuality. Once these images fail to satisfy us, we feel the following:
1.    Disappointment – “Those who make idols are disillusioned because the gods they make are false and lifeless.” (Jeremiah 10:14)
2.    Dominated – “… (before you knew Christ), you were controlled by dead idols, who always led you astray.” (1 Cor. 12:2)
3.    Deformed – “Those who make idols will become like them, and so will those who trust in them.” (Psalm 115:8). Idols will indeed change us, in the most negative way possible. WE never get contented in anything: physical looks, thoughts, actions, and behaviors, so we find time to change these into which we think is more favorable to us.

The number 2 value for us to build strong family relationships is to worship only God. “Worship” is being defined as “to give the highest love and devotion.” Worship is different from idolatry in a sense that, (Many) Exchange the truth about God for a lie, they worship and serve what God has created instead of the Creator Himself.” By worshipping Him, we reap these benefits:
1.    Delight – “Seek your happiness in the Lord and He will give you your heart’s desire.” (Psalm 37:4)
2.    Deliverance – “Jesus said, if you obey my teaching… you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31-32)
3.    Development – “As the Spirit of the Lord works with us, we become more and more like Him.”         (2 Cor. 3:18b)

Our Creator deserves all the glory. His love for us is so great that He wants what is best in our lives. Praising Him above all else is actually in our own best interest. Therefore, when our hearts do not belong solely to Christ, He disciplines us. Often, this means allowing challenges in our lives to mature our faith and remind us who is the one and only God.