Reading: Romans 1:24-32
Choosing to give Him glory
Man's highest purpose, explains the Westminster Catechism, is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Our hearts were made to worship God.
But what happens when we reject that for which we were made? What happens when we declare a personal "declaration of independence" from God?
The heart that was created to be filled is a vacuum-and there is no neutral position with a vacuum. It is filled with either one thing or another. When we cease to worship God by honoring Him and being thankful to Him, our hearts begin to worship what they were not created to worship. We become like an automobile, meant to run on unleaded fuel and filled instead with diesel. Our thinking and moral judgment misfire and we begin a steep decline into sin.
Paul explains that God "gave them over in the lusts of their heart..." In Genesis 3, God's prohibition to Adam and Eve against eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge was a statement. In giving them a choice to trust Him or not trust Him, God demonstrated that He values man's free will enough to risk betrayal. He is willing not to force the issue. He is willing to give them over-and He did. Except for the grace of God revealed in Christ, who is our new beginning and new mercy, none of us could come back. What choices can you make to demonstrate that Christ today, you choose God?