Don’t Worship The Creature More Than The Creator
Romans 1:25 – Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
What does it mean to worship the creature more than the Creator? In this blog, we will look at something that we are all guilty of. It is something so deceitful. God is the Creator, and his creation is the creature. We have a tendency to worship and serve the creature more than the Creator. We tend to worship the gift more than the giver. We tend to worship the food rather than the hand that feeds us. We like to worship anything, anyone but God. John 5:43 – I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. We are prone to idolatry. Idolatry can be so deceitful. So well hidden. Idolatry is when we worship anything other than God. We can make idols so easily. We can make idols out of people, heroes, religious figures. We can make idols out of what we do. Things we do. Things that make us feel separate, special, and above everyone else. Idolatry is expressly forbidden in the Bible. It is exposed, condemned, warned against in the ten commandments. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image. We can make graven images in our head, in our mind. Our imaginations create idols, imaginations which we should be casting down, but which so quickly and easily exalt us against and above God. We can even make an idol Jesus. The Bible speaks of the idol shepherd. There is the true Shepherd and the idol Shepherd. This is why it is important to worship the Jesus of the Bible. This is why we have the Bible, the word of God which is available to all, it is God’s gift to us so that we have no excuse for being deceived. We can so very, very easily create a Jesus in our head that does not exist. Many people profess to be saved, many people confess the name of Jesus. But what Jesus are they confessing? This is why Jesus said Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven. It is about the spirit. God tries the spirits. We have to try the spirits, and we do this with the spiritual book, the Word of God. The woman with the spirit of divination in Acts 16 said all the right things. She followed Paul and said, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. But Paul rebuked the spirit, and commanded the spirit to come out of her. The spirit of divination was a deceitful, lying spirit, the spirit had brought a lot of financial gain to the woman’s masters. Money is the root of all evil. What spirit do you have, what spirit are you of?
I was thinking last night, and thanking God for his blessings in my life. But then I thought, am I really only just thanking God because he has blessed me? When evil comes upon me, do I then curse God? What kind of relationship is that? We can worship the blessings, rather than God that gave the blessings. It is so subtle. Satan is the king of subtlety, he was subtil in the beginning. This is why Job was such a great man of faith. All the evil came upon him, and yet he rose up and worshipped God. His wife said, Curse God and die. Job said, What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? The real litmus test of our worship and love for God is what we do with him when things aren’t going so great. Joseph was horribly betrayed by his brothers. He was falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife. He was chucked in a prison in Egypt, left to rot. And he had done no wrong at all. Was he bitter? No. Did he curse God? No. The life of Joseph is so much higher than our lives may ever reach. Paul and Silas sang in jail after they had been beaten. Job was covered head to toe with boils. Satan had thrown absolutely everything at him, the only thing left to take was his life, but God had not allowed Satan to take his life. In the same position, what would we do, what do we do? I think perhaps I am more thankful for the blessings than the God that they come from. Do you worship the blessings or do you worship the God they come from? Because if your worship is based on your blessings, and what God can do for you, then you will fall away when things get tough. What is our faith really made of, does it even really exist at all?
We can so easily turn to idolatry. Worshipping blessings over the God that gives the blessings is worshipping the creature more than the Creator. Gideon made a golden ephod and the Bible says it was a snare to Israel. The started worshipping the golden ephod instead of God who can delivered them from the Midianites. We can be a believer for a long time, and turn aside. The Bible calls it turning to the right or the left. Are you a reed shaken with the wind? When Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, the people looked and lived. Later on, we read that that started to worship the brazen serpent, rather than God who had saved them. We can fall into idolatry so easily. We can become self righteous. We can live pretty well, or so we think, or so we have convinced ourselves and the people around us. We can get confident in our righteousness. We can worship what we are doing, rather than God, whose righteousness which he freely gives is the only true righteousness. We can make a religion out of the smallest things. We can change the truth of God into a lie. That’s what we do when we alter God’s words. We modify God’s word. We don’t think he knows what is he talking about, we don’t think he can communicate clearly to us, so we try helping him as Uzzah tried assisting the ark of the covenant. The nerve to think that God really needs something from us. That’s what we do when we create a Jesus in our mind. A Jesus that excuses our sin. A Jesus that doesn’t condemn our sin. A Jesus amenable to what we want to do. We want to do what’s right in our own eyes, and we carve out a Jesus that lets us do that. And then we feel holy, justified, spiritual.
Worshipping anything other than God himself will result in you worshipping the creature over the Creator. We can do it innocently. We can do it easily. Satan has a million ways to make us fall. There is one truth. There is one God. One Spirit. One Word. Ask God to search your heart. The Word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword. Read his Word. It sheds light on our souls. It shines in the darkness. But it exposes. It won’t be comfortable. Your Bible is not just ink on paper, it is the sword of the Spirit. It will cut right through you. Have you started worshipping your religion, your denomination, your whatever over God? Have you started worshipping what you are doing over God? Do you put your children before God? Your wife? Your husband? Is God number one in your life? Do you believe in the Jesus of the Bible, or the Jesus your mind has created? The true Jesus of the Bible is God, the Son of God, virgin born, the way, the truth, the life, the Shepherd, the Creator, the Ruler, the Judge, the king, the Light, sinless, undefiled, holy, from above, supreme, authority, whose blood and his blood alone has justified us, who has died once and no more, who is at the right hand of the Father in heaven today, the High Priest, the sole Mediator between God and Man, the only one who can forgive sins, the only one who can give life, the only one who rose from the dead. You may live your whole life worshipping a false Jesus, but you will end up facing the real Jesus. The God of the Bible. The Word of God. You are only fooling yourself, cheating yourself, deceiving yourself. The truth is not amenable to us. Truth is absolute, and God’s word is truth and stands sure, eternal, and will still be standing sure, true, strong, and with power, long after we have gone to our eternity in heaven or hell. Worship God.
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Hi, my name is Joseph Zadow. I am a 32 y/o Bible Blogger. I was new to blogging once! God’s word is the best thing that we can be given, and once we have it and know it for ourselves it is both a privilege and responsibility to bring it to others! We are blessed to be a blessing! I am a sinner (for sure!) saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ and I am a Lord Jesus Christ follower. He is faithful even though I rarely am to him. I believe the Bible is the word of God, and stake my life on it. My destination is heaven. As they say, I’m just a passin’ through this world… although most of the time it’s more like hangin’ by a thread in Jericho! I love playing sports – particularly cricket… I currently work on an orchard and a side hobby business of mine is growing vegetables etc – they are good for you! I love writing. Always happy to talk, so feel free to leave a comment. You can read more about me and my blog here – kjvbibletruth.com/about :)
The word of God is for the Israelites christ speaks only come to save his people christ is a israelite the twelve tribes
Thanks for your comment Larry, but that’s not true at all… the word of God is for everyone. Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Anyone can be saved, the only criteria is will you repent and believe in Jesus Christ. You can come from any tribe, be any colour, talk any language. We all come from Adam, and all can be saved through Christ. He died for the whole world, because the whole world lies in wickedness, and the whole world alike needs salvation and can be saved. In Christ it doesn’t matter whether you are a Jew or a Greek, or whether you’re white or black. Galatians 3:26 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Here are some other verses to consider … Acts 13:47 – For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. Acts 28:28 – Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it. Matthew 8:11 – And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. It’s good news, the gospel is for everyone 🙂
Amen, well said according to the scriptures. Isaiah 28 To whom will he teach knowledge, and to whom will he explain the message?
Those who are weaned from the milk, those taken from the breast? For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little. For by people of strange lips and with a foreign tongue the Lord will speak to this people, to whom he has said, “This is rest; give rest to the weary; and this is repose”; yet they would not hear. And the word of the Lord will be to them precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little, that they may go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken. (Isaiah 28:9–13) Isaiah 28 pronounces judgment on God’s people. They are drunk and proud. And although there is much for them to learn from God, they are like foolish, immature children, learning in such a way that they never really learn. When they hear the teaching, it’s like a foreign language. This “precept upon precept” learning, this “here a little, there a little” knowledge is working against them, and they will be broken by it just as they stumble over the stone of offense and the rock of stumbling (Isaiah 8:14; 1 Peter 2:6–8). 2 Corinthians 13:1 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may knew that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John v. 13. ) There are two classes who ought not to have Assurance. First: those who are in the Church, but who are not converted, having never been born of the Spirit. Second: those not willing to do God’s will; who are not ready to take the place that God has mapped out for them, but want to fill some other place. …
Dwight L. Moody—The Way to God and How to Find It
Thanks for your comment Frantz, hopefully this blog is a blessing to you 🙂
Hello brother Joseph,
I just wanted to drop a comment to tell you that your blog has been such an encouragement for me and also an answer to a prayer and the cry of my heart a couple of days ago. I am in my twenties and I faced a situation, a couple of days ago, that led me to shake my head in dismay and ask one of my siblings- “are there still faithful believers in this world ? Is there anybody who seeks the Lord ?”. A surge of discouragement hit me in the past days as I saw how far the world is from the Lord. I realized that while it’s true that we are living in evil times, in my heart, I started hoping in the creature more than the Creator. This morning, after my Bible time, I googled “how to worship the Creator and not the creature” and stumbled on your blog. I wish I could tell you the feeling of refreshment and encouragement I felt when I skimmed through your blog and realized that the Lord still has people calling upon His name. I praise God for you and your testimony; I’m from France, a place that can be so dry spiritually, with little to no churches in some regions, and now I’m in Belgium and finally have an assembly, I’d like to say something about your blog. I did not have a local church for 12 years in France (after having been saved, you can imagine the challenge of not having a community) and if it weren’t, at that time, for those good ol’ Christian blogs with solid doctrine… It would have been even more difficult. So please know that by God’s grace you are a huge encouragement to many, keep walking before the Lord with single-mindness of heart because you don’t know who might be blessed by your walk. In Christ, Stéphanie
Thanks for the comment and the kind words. I know what you mean, here in Australia it is very much like you describe in France. It’s a spiritual wasteland. People have had it good for a long time, they don’t need Jesus, they don’t have anything to repent for and they don’t need salvation from sin. Although they do. And there’s a false Jesus, a false gospel, a false spirit and many false Bibles in many of our churches. I think a lot of people around the world are in the same boat in many respects. And it can seem like it’s loss loss loss all the time. But truth is, it’s always been bad, and it could be worse! And God still has those in every nation who fear him. There is a day coming where God has promised to make up his jewels, and in that day sincere faith and those that love the truth will be vindicated. For now, every day, we have a fresh chance to trust God and obey him and shine our light in this dark world. Elijah got into that “there’s nobody left” mindset, but God told him he had reserved seven thousand men who had not bowed the knee to Baal. So you don’t know. But what we do know is that God is still God. Circumstances and situations change, but God and his word is forever. So we really need to leave what’s up to God up to God and get to “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith”. Faith is a fight, but it’s a good fight, we must war a good warfare and keep the faith, it will be worth it.
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Shalom Joseph just a question I wanna ask,how do someone worship God in spirit and truth?
And what is truth?
Jesus said when he prayed to his Father in John 17:17 “thy word is truth” and Jesus also said in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life”.
So Jesus Christ is the truth. The Bible is the truth. We also know from another scripture that the Holy Spirit is the “Spirit of truth”.
How do you worship God in spirit and in truth? Believe the Bible, get saved, follow Jesus Christ and you will… it will be your reality 🙂