By Willard Teague
Devotional Scripture: Deuteronomy 13:4
Central Thought: Pure worship is in spirit and in truth.
Have you ever had a sense of a mighty power that is wiser and stronger than you? Throughout the entire world, people worship a higher power. All the people of the earth have always been found to have some form of worship. From the time God created the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, He has desired to have fellowship with humankind. Those who follow Christ believe that this spiritual hunger can only be satisfied through the knowledge and revelation of God as revealed in the Bible.
Many voices and influences would lead us away from a true worship of God in spirit and in truth as He is revealed in His Word. We must not listen to them! Over and over again the Israelites turned from a true worship of the Eternal God to a false worship of their neighbors' gods. Each time they suffered national disaster or captivity into foreign lands. It was Jesus who pointed out to the Samaritan woman that true worship is in spirit and in truth.
We worship God because He has made humankind the object of His great love. His greatest expression of love was to give His only Son as a sacrifice for our sins so that we might be forgiven and have perfect fellowship with Him. In return, He desires our love, worship, and service to Him.
In the Ivory Coast of West Africa, a faithful missionary proclaimed Christ and His love for humanity and ability to forgive our sins and protect us from all evil. An invitation was given to accept Him as personal savior, but each person was required to place his or her gods in the form of fetishes in a barrel near the preacher. One old man came and with trembling hands and threw his fetishes into the barrel, saying, 'He will be angry with me, but I don't need him anymore!”
How can we apply this lesson today? We must not worship any other creature or object in heaven or on earth, and we must give our praise and adoration to the One True God for whom all things were created. We can share our 'Good News” with others so that they may have fellowship with Him and join us in worship.
Devotional Prayer: Lord, may our hearts rise with praise to Your matchless name.
Today's Bible Reading: Deuteronomy 13:1-15:23; Luke 8:40-9:6; Psalm 71:1-24; Proverbs12:5-7