Read: Acts 19:23-41
A weak economic situation creates chaos in the society, makes people frustrated, gets politicians voted out of office. A similar threat almost got apostle Paul kicked out of Ephesus. Paul came to the city of Ephesus and started “reasoning and persuading concerning … the kingdom of God” (Acts 19:8). He shared the gospel for more than two years, and many began following Jesus. And because Paul was so successful in getting people to see that there is only one true God, many Ephesians stopped worshipping the goddess Diana. This was bad news for the local businesses including silversmiths, who made their living creating and selling statuettes of goddess Diana. If more people stopped believing in her, then business would gradually stop. A commotion and a tumult broke out when these businessmen figured this out.
This Ephesus incident reminds us to evaluate our reasons for worshipping God. The silversmiths and those businessmen wanted to protect their worship as a way of protecting their prosperity. But this should not be our reason for worship. Do not worship God so as to maintain status quo or to receive something from God. There are people whose worship of God resembles bribing someone so as to get things done. May that never be said of us. Do not worship God to gain His benefits. You already have them in Christ.
We worship the Lord because of His love for us, and because of who He is. We shouldn’t worship Him because of what we will get. Instead, we should always thank Him for paying our debt. Because He alone is worthy of all worship. Ps. 145:3a says, “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised.” Let us worship God the right way.