We must be owned by something.
It doesn’t matter if it’s work, or family, a car, or the dog; maybe it’s your house, or it could even be your cell phone… The point is, there will always be something in your life that ranks as the most important. Maybe it’s Jesus. Maybe not. See, we as humans, we were made to worship something, and we will find something to worship. There’s not really any way around that. An executive (I’m thinking mid-80’s power broker, actually. It’s entertaining) might worship money, and that provides the drive he needs to focus on that pursuit completely, neglecting his family. His life becomes an image of what he worships – expensive cars, a huge house, wife with diamonds everywhere, a fat wallet, and easily impressed ‘friends.’ His outward appearance reflects what his heart desires.
Here’s another perfect example: Michael Jackson. When he died, people were wailing in the streets. When he touched some people, they would faint or freak out. I’m not saying it’s a special case – sure, plenty of musicians have experienced similar situations. But none has had the entire world enraptured quite as effectively as The King of Pop. And he was their King. They wore clothing to honor him. They folded their lives around concerts and appearances. And when they had nothing left, when he died, they lost a part of themselves. Their outward expression reflected their obsession. Some believe he is still alive.
Many things can be worshiped, and what you worship defines you. There’s a reason that the Bible states that “No one can serve two masters” [, ESV], there can only be one overarching obsession in your life. We should be so infatuated with Christ that He is working His way into every aspect of our lives, to where we are exemplifying Him in every facet of our lives.
24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. (ESV)