2 Kings 17 NLT – 32 These new residents worshiped the LORD, but they also appointed from among themselves all sorts of people as priests to offer sacrifices at their places of worship.33 And though they worshiped the LORD, they continued to follow their own gods according to the religious customs of the nations from which they came.
34 And this is still going on today. They continue to follow their former practices instead of truly worshiping the LORD and obeying the decrees, regulations, instructions, and commands he gave the descendants of Jacob, whose name he changed to Israel.35 For the LORD had made a covenant with the descendants of Jacob and commanded them: “Do not worship any other gods or bow before them or serve them or offer sacrifices to them.36 But worship only the LORD, who brought you out of Egypt with great strength and a powerful arm. Bow down to him alone, and offer sacrifices only to him.37 Be careful at all times to obey the decrees, regulations, instructions, and commands that he wrote for you. You must not worship other gods.38 Do not forget the covenant I made with you, and do not worship other gods.
39 You must worship only the LORD your God. He is the one who will rescue you from all your enemies.”40 But the people would not listen and continued to follow their former practices.41 So while these new residents worshiped the LORD, they also worshiped their idols. And to this day their descendants do the same.
God loves you so much that His main purpose for you life is to enjoy it to the MAX! How? In just 10 straight verses above, God has shown at least 8 times the way to live the best life, how we were created, how to live instead of just exist, the key of living our life on earth, and that is: to worship God, and to not worship other gods. God really wanted us to “get it” this time by repeating the same thing again and again and again. God loves us so much He did not want us to miss it. And if we do what we were created to do, our great life, our abundant life, our life to the MAX, our eternal life starts!
How do I worship God and not worship other gods anyway? The answer is also in the Bible. Just copy what Jesus did. Everyday, focus on learning about God’s love for you until you find yourself returning the same great love He has for you. At the same time, start limiting activities that make you follow the enticements of worldly things (i.e. the other gods). Once you find yourself already loving God from your heart, it would be automatic for you to worship Him in everything you do. I have discussed this in my previous article also.
Worshipping someone is like doing everything to please that someone. And it is easy to do that once you love that someone. Make that someone God. When you see how great His love for you is, you would just naturally want to do anything to please Him. That is all there is to it. It is that simple. Just start doing it, ask help if needed, and you will see.
Prayer Starter: Dear God, thank you for reminding me that the reason I am alive today is just to worship you. Thank you for being patient with me. Thank you for the Bible which shows how great your love is for me. When I study the Bible, help me find your love notes. Help me feel your great love for me. I want to focus on your love starting today. Thank you that this will happen because of your love for me. I ask in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.