Scripture Passage for the day
Today we will take a second look at Romans 1:18-25. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.”
Thought for the day
We worship God when we praise, proclaim, and display His glory. To praise God’s glory is to tell God how much we love Him, how grateful we are to Him, and what He means to us. To proclaim God’s glory is to tell others how God has blessed us, how wonderful He is, and how much he means to us. To display God’s glory is to use the gifts and talents God has given us. For example, when a gifted painter paints, or a gifted singer sings, or a gifted teacher teaches they are spotlighting the Creator by displaying His glory through their gifts. We also worship God when we live a life of obedience to His will and when we live a life of service to Him. In Romans 1:25 Paul spoke of those who, “Worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator.” In other words, people were serving things that were created rather than serving the God that created them.
Question for the day
Given the definition of worship in the thought for the day, who or what did we worship in our active addiction?