“. . . I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. . .”
The Israelites lived in a pagan society and were constantly being pulled away by strange gods or deities. God gave to them the Ten Commandments and commanded them to have no other gods before Him. Bowing down to any image or using any aid to replace God was not acceptable worship and is still unacceptable worship today.
Idolatry can appear in the worship of any person. A pastor, a Sunday school teacher, a school teacher, a movie star, an athlete, or even a family member. Christ said in Matthew 10:37, “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” We are to love Christ more than any person we may have a deep affection for and we are to love Christ more than we love ourselves.
Sometimes we worship the true God, but in our own way, or on our own terms––missing the whole point of worship. If we are not worshipping God in the manner He prescribes, then we are worshipping Him in an unacceptable way. To truly worship God, the worshipper must be born again, regenerated by the Spirit of God. Jesus said in John 4:23-24, “ . . . when the true worshippers (Christians) shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”
If we’re are not worshipping God on His terms, with a right attitude in “spirit and in truth,” then our worship is unacceptable and rejected by God. We are to worship God with a pure heart, clean hands and an obedient spirit which is acceptable in His sight–––bringing glory to His name.
Lord, I worship You in spirit and in truth.