Every, single human being who exists, has existed and will ever exist is made in the image of God. From our own physical appearance, we can glimpse “through a glass darkly” what God must be like in some ways. He treasures each life and each life that is created bears His resemblance. What a beautiful mystery! “The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts,” says Proverbs 20:27. Each person- whether they are have accepted Jesus Christ or not- bears the “candle of the Lord” in him. This means that we all have an understanding, even if no one ever tells us, that there is “something” greater than ourselves in existence.
Some call it “the universe” or a “higher power” or even believe it to be a tree or a statue or a force. All of mankind was created to worship, but that doesn’t all of mankind will choose to worship God, specifically. We are all drawn to worship something, even an atheist, who may only ever worship themselves. Paul wrote this very powerful statement, in Romans 1:20, “The invisible things about Him—His eternal power and deity—have been clearly seen since the creation of the world and are understood by the things that are made, so that they are without excuse.”
All of mankind was created to worship, but that doesn’t all of mankind will choose to worship God… We are all drawn to worship something, even an atheist, who may only ever worship themselves.
We will all give an account to the Lord one day for what we did during our time on earth and whether or not we accepted Jesus as our Savior. But no matter what we did with our lives, we know that, “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” (Philippians 2:10-11) Why? Because you were made to worship!
Worship is both a natural and spiritual response to His undeniable greatness. If you’re not worshipping Him, you are not who you were made to be.
Paul said that every, single human being on the planet throughout all of time and eternity has “clearly seen” the power of God and understood and are “without excuse” in their refusal to worship Him as God. (Romans 1:21-23). Is that because God is mean? No! It is because He is MERCIFUL! He has constructed us in His image, put His breath into us, created a world beyond our imagination, displayed His power in us – everything about us shouts of the greatness of God – if we are willing to listen. We worship a God who has put His own DNA into us. When we worship Him, we are being exactly who He created us to be!
Thought for today
God is long suffering, slow to anger and great in mercy (Psalm 103:8) and “He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the people of Israel.” (Psalm 103:7) “He is patient with us, because He does not want any to perish, but all to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9) He “desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4) The Lord is so loving and merciful that He breathed His undeniable, life-giving spirit into mankind to animate us and bring us into existence. That’s why we worship! Those who refuse to worship God or see worship as a chore or an obligation or tradition to be upheld are missing the point! God doesn’t leave us ignorant and then punish us for it. He makes His ways known. Look around you – the invisible things about Him are clearly seen! Worship is both a natural and spiritual response to His undeniable greatness. If you’re not worshipping Him, you are not who you were made to be. <3