MAN’S GREATEST SIN

God created man to worship Him. Within each individual we have been programmed for worship. We will either worship the Creator or someone or something. If we fail to worship Him there will be a void to fulfill and a longing that we must find something material or an individual to fill that empty spot. We have heard of young girls going to concerts and fainting over their idol who is singing. We have heard of young athletic boys idolizing a professional athlete. Many adults make money or material things their idol. If it’s not God we are worshiping, then the innate urge moves us to find someone or something to worship. Many times this inner urge causes additions to drugs or alcohol if we find nothing to satisfy our need to worship.

Exodus 20:3 – “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Joshua 22:5 – “But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the Lord gave you: to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.” Mark 12:30 – “And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’”

Rejecting to be obedient to these commandments is to sin. There is no greater sin than rejecting and failing to worship God, Christ and the Holy Spirit. Prior to my conversion there were people I wanted to be like. This is why the Bible tells us to focus upon Christ as our model. Many who have been raised without the teaching of God or a single family parent find older youths as their example. Many are lured into drugs or illegal practices. This inner need drives them to often idolize others.

Jesus’ purpose was to emphasize that a person’s total being must love God. We are told that nothing must be held back. Elsewhere in Scripture Romans 12:2 states we must renew our minds in order to put God first and worship Him to find the peace and calm that fills the void within. God not only wants our obedience He wants our unconditional love and devotion. We must determine if we are willing to give Him our life.

It wasn’t until I understood that this feeling, emotion, discernment or consciousness of my need to worship God did I find the peace and joy the Bible describes that comes to a person living a holy life. Holy living requires God being our highest priority prior to anything or anyone. This does not happen normally overnight. It is a process that comes from the renewing of one’s mind.

You may have been taught that the greatest and unpardonable sin is the rejection of the Holy Spirit. Without the assistance of the Holy Spirit’s conviction, one cannot be saved. Rejection of the Holy Spirit is also rejection of God and Christ and an unwillingness to worship God. Today we find many Christian just attend church and act as the following Scripture.

Revelation 3:14 – 17 – “To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”

Too many Christians fail to heed Christ’s warning. Hearts are not changing and are growing cold. Churches seem to be losing influence in their communities. Revelation 3:20 – “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

Christ is asking to come into the church and into people’s heart. Too many are ignoring Christ’s knock. They fail to actually worship as God meant for man to do. Do not commit man’s greatest sin by failing to worship God and fulfilling that which we were created to do.

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