20 April 2014
Worship has been the heart of many different cultures. We can see different forms of worship toward God whether in small tribal communities, large ancient communities or different ethnic and cultural communities today. The need to worship seems natural but each has a different image of their god whom they worship.
As Christians we believe there is only one true God to whom we are all called to worship. He is the creator of everything we see and he also created the first human.
Even before I came to Christ, I believed there could only be one true God and not many different gods. It just seemed so illogical and meaningless to be worshipping every single thing without even knowing who or what we are worshipping. Certainly I thought, there must be an eternal and unchanging God. Not susceptible to changing times or values, but the same consistent God for all of humanity. To unite humanity and not to splinter it. The apostle Paul noticed this in his journey and tried to persuade the people with this speech:
The Message (MSG)
22-23 So Paul took his stand in the open space at the Areopagus and laid it out for them. “It is plain to see that you Athenians take your religion seriously. When I arrived here the other day, I was fascinated with all the shrines I came across. And then I found one inscribed, to the god nobody knows. I’m here to introduce you to this God so you can worship intelligently, know who you’re dealing with.
24-29 “The God who made the world and everything in it, this Master of sky and land, doesn’t live in custom-made shrines or need the human race to run errands for him, as if he couldn’t take care of himself. He makes the creatures; the creatures don’t make him. Starting from scratch, he made the entire human race and made the earth hospitable, with plenty of time and space for living so we could seek after God, and not just grope around in the dark but actually find him. He doesn’t play hide-and-seek with us. He’s not remote; he’s near. We live and move in him, can’t get away from him! One of your poets said it well: ‘We’re the God-created.’ Well, if we are the God-created, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to think we could hire a sculptor to chisel a god out of stone for us, does it?
Lord, I pray that your word and truth is translated into and through me. May the opportunity come for me to share your Word and life with those who seek to worship one true God and may I be the messenger of that faith to them.