The Ten Commandments
Worship Me Alone
15 January 2017
The first commandment is "you shall have no other gods before Me." We are called to love and worship the one true God with lives that are completely loyal and undivided towards Him alone. This commandment is not just for Jews, but for all men. Jesus preached this in the New Testament (Mk. 10:19, Matt. 19:18 - 19), because regardless of nationality, we all tend to neglect God.
God will not tolerate anything we allow to compete with Him. He is not just our Creator, but also our Redeemer. How, then, does He not deserve all our praise? He alone must receive our devoted worship! One barrier to this is the allowing of culture to redefine truth. When we allow human ideas to take God's place, we have redefined God to our own liking. "Whatever is esteemed or loved, feared or served, delighted in or depended on more than God, that is, in effect, an idol.” - Matthew Henry.
Our call is to worship God and Him alone. How can we do this? Firstly, when we gather together to worship. Corporate worship reminds us that we are part of God's body, and all the body has a role in worshiping God. We can also do this personally every day, whether it be at work, or recreation. "Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Cor. 10:31).
Paul speaks on the first commandment in Romans 12:1: "present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual act of worship." May we do this every day.