“Every Man Has a God”
I joined the Evangelical Methodist Church in 1972 and served as a youth minister for 10 years, then pastored for 4, then went off to pastor a Free Methodist Congregation for 12 years where in 1999 I had a stroke that has forced me into retirement.
I was not privileged to meet or hear Dr. J. H. Hamblen, the leading founding minister of The Evangelical Methodist Church, but I had a number of people who had done so tell me of a sermon he preached s number of times that had three points:
1.Every Man Has a God's
2. Every Man Worships that God
3.Every Man's God will be put to the test
As I reflected upon what I was told I was convinced that there was tremendous truth and wisdom in those words. All of us do worship something, whether self, money, power, an idea, or the one true God of heaven.
To worship is to assign worth to something or someone and usually results in us following a certain path or course of action, i. e., to “obey” that god. But then there is that final point. Can the God someone worships really “pass the test” of saving them, giving them life, raising them from the dead, giving joy and happiness?
The God of the Scripture has already passed those tests. He has given joy and peace to untold thousands. When they put God's son to death and buried him God raised him from the dead then took him up on high to live.
So the question is not “will I have a God” but “which God will I have?”
Do you trust 'self', money, power, astrology, sex, drugs, whatever or the God who created you and paid the price for your sin, actually dying in your place?