Exactly, who or what do you serve? Everybody worships something or someone. To best understand this statement, we need to be clear about the definition of the word "worship". Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines worship as: extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to an object of esteem; a reverential awe of something or someone. In the Hebrew language, worship is equated with fear and service also.
True worship of anything or anyone results in serving that individual or item. The relationship that most people have with their gods is that we serve those gods that we think will best serve us. The modern secularists, fearing the unknown and fate, diligently serve the gods of money and power desperately hoping they will at least delay the unknown and give at least temporary protection, health, pleasure and long life, according to Dr. Jerry Nelson in an article titled, Who Will We Serve?
Some individuals serve their jobs/professions. For others it may be money, new cars, bigger homes, sex/pornography, hobbies, jewels, etc. We are warned in the Bible about serving other gods: We cannot have two masters because serving the Lord is not simply adding God to your "things to do" list. True worship is about fear and service of only one God. Jesus said in Matthew 6:24 "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” Worship “is an expression of total dependence and obedience is the fundamental expression of that total dependence” (VanGemeren in Vol 2 Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis p530).
Perhaps worship of the "wrong" gods is part of the crisis that dwells within our social system today. How can we possibly love one another when we are focused on self-gratification and the adoration of money and other materialistic things in our lives. How can we be our brother's keeper if we don't even look beyond our own selfish horizons to determine who my brother is? The things of this earthly life are temporal. God doesn't care how new your car is, how big your house is, how influential your job is nor how big your bank account may be. He cares only about whether you hear his voice and follow His direction. Examine what gods you serve and perhaps re-evaluate your priorities. Find out what gods are in your lives that keep you from serving only the One true God.
The choice is clear, Christ’s love is compelling – he gave his life.
The cost is great - your life, and the result is eternal.
Who do you choose?
Excerpts from, "Who Do We Serve", by Dr. Jerry Nelson.