You Will Worship Something

"You gotta serve somebody."
Bob Dylan sang that.

"You gotta worship someone or something."
Ralph Waldo Emerson, in his own way, said this.

"A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming" (Ralph Waldo Emerson).

The biblical teaching is this.

To be human is to worship something greater than the self.

That greater thing is what is supremely important to us.

That greater thing will (inexorably) make us into its image.

Ralph Waldo EmersonThat thing we worship - we will become like that thing, or person.

Whatever we worship is our source of identity, meaning, purpose, power, security, everything . . .

Again - you will become like what you worship.

Therefore, Emerson (picture to the right) is emminently wise when he says, "be careful what (you) worship."

If a stranger were to observe your life for just one week, what or WHO would they say you worshipping? 

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International