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Worthy, Part 3

Imagine this: You’re sitting on a rooftop in Kathmandu, Nepal, watching the sun rise slowly over the snowy peaks of the Himalayan mountains. The view is absolute glory, like nothing you’ve ever seen! All is asleep and quiet in the city below as the people rest silently in the valley’s shadow. And you know in that moment that God is there — with you.

But then gradually the city begins to awake. You hear doors and windows being opened, babies crying, motorbikes beginning to rumble down the dirt roads and the trash man on his bicycle, calling out to the nearby houses. But the most prominent sound you can make out above the din is the ring of little bells and you know what that means. These bells are being used to “wake up” their gods. And as you sit and watch this incredible display of God’s glory over the mountains, you know there are millions of people all around you worshipping gods made of wood and stone. 

Now let’s come back to reality. Here we are in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas, Yosemite National Park in our back yards and the beauty of the Creator God all around us. Can one even question that He is real in such a setting? Can you even doubt that He is a God worthy of everything you have to give? And yet we do; we doubt. Just like so many of the Nepali people, we do not recognize what is right in front of us: God Himself. Instead we fix our attention on things of little value in comparison to Him. Finances, being loved, looking good, Facebook and Instagram, food; what weight do these things hold when lifted up next to the Creator of the Universe? Romans 1:22-23 speaks of this, saying,

“Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the  immortal God for images of mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.

The Nepali people serve gods who give nothing back. They have no ears to hear their prayers or eyes to watch over them. These gods are worshipped out of fear and confusion and bring nothing but death. But our Father God is all around His people, bringing love and light and peace if they will only look up and recognize Him. He is the God who gave everything for His people to be free! These idols only serve to enslave.

Are you worshipping idols in your own life? Are there things that you have given more value to than the One who formed your being? Idols can be things other than just images made of wood and stone. They are anything we give our lives to. And if we believe that they are worth more time and attention than our Jesus, then we have become slaves. Don’t be a slave to something of no value, but give your life wholeheartedly to the God who loves you more than anything. This God is with you, all around you, watching over everything you do. And He is so worth it. 

Christ Jesus… being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! 

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.        

Philippians 2:6-11

 

Natalie Gill

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