But they would not listen and were as stiff-necked as their ancestors, who did not trust in the Lord their God. They rejected his decrees and the covenant he had made with their ancestors and the statutes he had warned them to keep. They followed worthless idols and themselves became worthless. 2 Kings 17:14-15a
One of the worst things you can say about someone in the working world, or frankly anywhere, is to say they are “worthless”. The word itself is totally damning – worthless, to have no worth. Your worthless coworker is the one who doesn’t contribute anything to the enterprise. Maybe we prefer for him not to show up at the office. Maybe we don’t even notice when he doesn’t.
Some of us may struggle with feeling we are worthless. We replay our mistakes or shortcomings in our minds over and over and each time convince ourselves that our errors have rendered us worthless, or proven that we have always been so. Are we worthless? How would we know?
First of all, if you allow anyone but your Father in heaven to define who you are, you are playing with fire. Your coworkers, your boss, even your spouse, are all unworthy of that privilege. Only the One who created you and loves you perfectly should be allowed to make that determination. And, mercifully, He has already told us the key to our worth.
Our text for today reveals a fundamental truth about us – we take on the traits of whatever we worship. If we worship the Christ who is kind, loving, and wise, we will become the same through our worship. In the same way, if you worship something worthless, like your own fame or power, expect to become just as worthless.