Worshipping The New Creature
Romans 1:25: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
The passage tells us of two grievous sins, worshipping and serving creation more than the Creator.
2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Many Christians, myself included, sometimes worship and serve the new creatures that God has made us more than we worship Him. There is great danger in that. We had a problem with pride before we were saved and our flesh still has the problem after. More than once my Pastor has wisely said that our flesh did not get saved. Our flesh prefers to worship and serve anything but God. It would rather worship and serve itself than God. It would rather worship and serve the new creatures that He has made us than God Himself.
I am thankful for the new creatures that He has made my brothers and sisters in Christ and the new creature that He has made me and I should be, but I should be more thankful for Who He is.
We can become proud of what He has made us, but we should be more proud that HE has made us different.
We can be pleased with the new creature that He has made us, but we should be more pleased with the God who has recreated us.
2 Peter 1:3: According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
We should be thankful for all the things that pertain unto life and godliness that He has given us, but we should be more thankful for the giver of them.
James 1:17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
We should enjoy the good and perfect gifts but not more than we should enjoy the Father of lights who gave them.
We should be in awe at all of the works of God but we should be more in awe at God Himself. He Himself is the greatest miracle. He is the only eternal miracle. He is the cause of numberless miracles. I can*t even count the ones He has done for me, much less the ones He has done for you and the ones He has done for the rest of the human race.
Care to discuss Worshipping The New Creature with Ron?