by Louie Giglio
There’s one more reason worship should really matter to you–whatever you worship, you become.
You can worship whatever you want, but there’ll always be a last twist to the story. Whatever you worship, you become obsessed with. Whatever you become obsessed with, you imitate. And whatever you imitate, you become.
In other words, whatever you value most will ultimately determine who you are.
If you worship money, you ‘ll become greedy at the core of your heart. If you worship some sinful habit, that same sin will grip your soul and poison your character to death. If you worship stuff, your life will become material, void of eternal significance. If you give all your praise to the god ofyou, you’ll become a disappointing little god both to yourself and to all those who trust in you.
Listen to the psalm writer: “Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.” Then comes this observation: “Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him” (Psalm 115:1,3 NIV).
Then, by contrast, he describes the idols men make and chose:
But their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see; they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but they cannot smell; they have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but they cannot walk; nor can they utter a sound with their throats. (vv.4-7, NIV)
Not too high of a socre for the man-made gods. But here’s the clincher:
Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them. (v. 8, NIV)
Simply put: We become what we worship. IF you don’t like who you’re becoming, take a quick inventory of the things on the throne of your heart. If you want to become more and more like Jesus, keep your worship focused squarely on Him.
Excerpted from Wired for a Life of Worship © 2006 by Louie Giglio. Used by permission of Multnomah Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc. Excerpt may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of Multnomah Publishers.