“And Manoah said unto the angel of the Lord, I pray thee, let us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for thee. And the angel of the Lord said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the Lord. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the Lord.” – Judges 13:15-16
Humans were made to worship. God created us to fulfill a role and that role is to worship Him in all His glory. Therefor our need to worship something never diminishes, even when our love for, loyalty to, or knowledge of Him does. Rather it be false gods, other people, or even ourselves, we will find something to worship. Every people, nation, and culture does this, always have, and always will, until Christ’s return. This is why the very first commandment of the Ten Commandments is “Thou shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3). It is also why Jesus replied, when asked what the greatest commandment was:
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment” (Matthew 22:37-38).
In a culture that relentlessly promotes the idolization of people, things, and even self it is critical to the state of ones eternal soul to continually examine where our affections lie. Do you put more trust in yourself then in God? Then you are making yourself an idol. Are you putting time in front of the tv, on the computer, phone, or books (other then the Bible) before your time with God? Is the time you give to those things greater then the time you give to God, or is your desire for your time with those things greater then your desire for your time with God? If so, then you have made them an idol. Is your pleasure more important to you then pleasing God? Then those things with you seek to bring that pleasure have become idols. Do you put your friends and family before God and your service to Him? Even your own children can become idols in your life to the degradation of all involved.
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.” – 1 John 2:15-16
“Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.” – 1 John 5:21
There is a balance of priorities that we have to get right in order to truly serve God. Jesus laid it out very clearly for us when He said the first we are to love God with ALL out hearts giving Him our full attention, obedience, adoration, loyalty, and worship. We must make God first in our hearts and in our lives, seeking His will and His glory alone. Jesus goes on to say that the second greatest commandment is to love others. We should always think of others before ourselves, seeking to love, and exalt them in meekness and in truth. Always, placing ourselves lower then them in our own minds. Which leads us to our place in this structure. We are always to place ourselves last in the list, esteeming others higher then ourselves. If everyone did this then everyone would honor each other and no one would strive or manipulate to honor themselves, while all honored and obeyed the will of God above all. So God’s order is clearly laid out as follows: God first, others second, self last.
“Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:” – Philippians 2:2-5
“He must increase, but I must decrease. He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.” – John 3:30-31
The world has it all wrong, as usual, teaching things like Gay Pride, Self-esteem, and Will Power. Scripture says that no pride goes unpunished (Proverbs 16:5), never to esteem self (Philippians 2:3), and that our will has no power but of wickedness therefore we are to only trust in and follow God’s will and not our own (John 7:16-18). For all these things are the pride of life and lead to self worship. Remember that even the righteous angels of God would not allow themselves to be worshiped but God only. While the wicked fallen ones (including Lucifer) seek the opposite. So let us always examine our hearts and seek the least as we esteem others better then we, and God greater then all.
“And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” – Matthew 23:12
“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:8-11
“Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” – Matthew 4:8-10
“And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.” – Revelation 22:8-9