August 16, 2012 marked the 35th anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. He died in 1977 of heart failure at the age of 42. I remember very well when he passed away. I was 13 years old and the news of his death affected me. I cried, watched the news, cried, listened to his albums, cried, watched his movies, and cried. He was an icon and everyone in the nation knew who Elvis Presley was.
A couple of weeks ago, I watched a documentary about Elvis on television, and something struck me while I was watching it. Many people (especially women) worshiped him, they became weak in his presence (some even fainting), many were screaming and shouting out that they loved him, and one woman in particular was lifting her hands (like us church folk do during worship)! I am sure that even some men would have loved to be him or live the life he was living. How many people would wait in line to see Elvis in Vegas and spend their money for airfare just to see “the king” as they called him! How many were not embarrassed to scream his name, act like a fool and become all undone! I read that around 75,000 people travelled to Graceland for the anniversary of his death! (A wise pastor once told me, “If you really want to do something, you will find the time, money, and energy to do it”. How right she is!)
In Luke 4:8 it states, “Worship the Lord your God and serve Him only.” Exodus 20:3 says “Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.” We must worship God and put Him first. It is so easy to put family, ministry, a job, money, our own will, preachers, church, entertainment (fill in the blank) before the LORD. Anyone or anything we put before GOD, is the thing we worship.
Why is it so hard for us to put GOD first? It is our human nature, our sin nature. I believe that is why so many of us Christians struggle. We don’t give GOD the rightful place He deserves. We might say that we do, but do we really?
Who is the only One who can forgive our sins? Who is the only One who took our punishment? Who is the only One who will never leave us forsake us? Who is the only One who is our Comforter, Healer, Friend, and Provider? Who loves us unconditionally? Who is the only One who gives us true hope? Who is the only One who made a way for us to enter into heaven? Only the LORD JESUS CHRIST! I do not know of one person, ministry, television show, or preacher who can do any, let alone all, of these things.
JESUS ALONE DESERVES OUR WORSHIP.
If we ask anything in His Name He said that He will do it. We must ask Him to help us put Him first, to help us not have any other gods before Him, and to help us worship Him wholeheartedly.
Ask anything in My Name and believe that you have already received it. (John 14:14)
Dear Brothers and Sisters, the LORD has already made a way for us. Let us give Him the glory due His name! With His help it is possible!
Mary, Guest Contributor