Warning: We Are What We Worship!

You have heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” A lot people must believe that, because they pay attention to what they eat.

It is the same with worship. You are what you worship. Difference is most people don’t pay much attention to this.



What I find interesting is that even people that claim no religious beliefs worship something or someone. It is innate within us. Like it or not.

In my travels around the world I have seen people worship all kinds of objects—idols, large trees, or some representation of a supreme being.

In this country we worship celebrity, success, material acquisition…the list is long.

You might be thinking, “I don’t worship any of those things!”, “How can I be a tree or some celebrity!”. My evangelical friends are thinking, “I am not a god!”

Stay with me a second. You understand what I mean by “We are what we eat.” We don’t actually become a donut or a slab of steak. However, what we eat does change the make-up of our body.

Tell me what do you think of this statement:

We want to be mastered by the objects of our worship. And indeed we are. We worship whatever rules our time, energy, thoughts, longings, and choices.Bob Kauflin

That is a sobering thought.

What rules your time, energy, thoughts, longings, and choices? Is it your career? Your family? Your lust? Your fears? Your ambitions?

Their idols are silver and gold, The work of man’s hands. They have mouths, but they cannot speak; They have eyes, but they cannot see; They have ears, but they cannot hear; They have noses, but they cannot smell; They have hands, but they cannot feel; They have feet, but they cannot walk; They cannot make a sound with their throat. Those who make them will become like them, Everyone who trusts in them.Psalm 115:4-8

What rules my time, energy, thoughts, longings, and choices?

Is that what I want to worship? Is it what I want or who I want to be?

As we approach the celebration of the birth of a baby many claim to be God, do you need to reconsider whether He is worthy of your worship?

If you claim to already worship Him, do you need to re-evaluate that assumption? I know I do.

Are you willing to share what you think you worship?

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I am a longtime Austinite. Married my beautiful wife over 25 years ago. Adopted our son September 2012. Currently a writer and loving it. Previous jobs and careers include project management, missionary, and pastor. I enjoy sports (both watching and playing), traveling, reading, digging in dirt and hanging with my friends and family.

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