There are some very important danger signs we need to watch for in our culture today as “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (II Cor. 4:4). The Holy Spirit breathed those words through the apostle Paul’s pen 2,000 years ago in a land far away yet they read like the headline news of today. Satan is still at it – he never slows down – “the devil prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (I Pet. 5:8).
And do you know Satan’s more powerful temptation tool that he uses every day to draw you and me away from God? The answer: selfishness. Satan knows if he can get us to focus on ourselves he will have us coming his way and away from the Lord. That’s why it is critical that we keep in the front of our minds and in our hearts the words of Jesus, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s shall save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? For what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:34-38).
Here is the tricky, sneaky, conniving, low-down snake in the grass devil’s extra ploy: Satan doesn’t only tempt us when we are out there in the world. He tempts us in this building on Sunday – right now. He entices us to selfishly make worship about us feeling good rather than make it about praising and adoring and honoring the great creator God of this universe and His Son and our Savior, Jesus Christ. Anytime we make Sunday worship about us and we put the priority on our personal pleasure the meaning of worship is forfeited. God loves for us to have joy and peace and for us to love to worship and sing, etc. It is good when we are uplifted in spirit on Sunday; however, that should be the byproduct of everything being about God, and then in turn God blesses us. The main focus should not be on us feeling good.
Worship is NOT entertainment. Worship is a time we express to God that He is worthy of everything we have and everything we are. God is the audience, NOT us. Let’s let Him know that today and every day from here to eternal glory.