Idols in gold, silver and bronze, decoration with flowers, fruits and more. Offerings and articles all carefully chosen and elaborately arranged. The ritual itself done with much focus and fervour. Such and more is the way we worship with all our riches. As we get wealthier so too our altars of worship and images of God at home. The representative image of God is indeed given much attention. Much is spent in its worship. Our approach is more like – “Let me do all that I can”.
A hungry man by the wayside, a person seeking alms at a traffic signal, forwards on WhatsApp from trusted sources of friends and family, public appeals for the disaster and poverty stricken and such other. We encounter such situations and people very often. Our response is careful, caution ridden and generous as we think we are. Our approach broadly is to more like – “Let me do my bit”. The living expression of God seems to get much less from us than the representative image of God.
We tend to worship as if we are rich, and we tend to serve as if we are poor.
We tend to offer as much in worship of the Lord, but when it comes to service, the approach is more like ‘let me do my bit, let me do the minimum needed’.
The image of God in my altar gets fruits and flowers on silver plates.
The living expression of God gets alms and food in either bare hands or earthen or aluminium bowls.
The image of God gets the finest sweets and delicacies.
The living expression of God gets the bare minimum within our individual generosity limits.
Instead, could we do the opposite?
Worship as if we were poor and serve as if we were rich.
Worship like the way a poorest man would and serve with all our wealth.
The God at the door asking for alms, gets a few pennies, while the Image of God in the altar gets bountiful coins.
Ultimately we end up serving the same God. Then why more for His image and less for His living expression? We are doing by what makes us happy. But what makes God happy? Does he want plentiful for His image or for His living expression. Something for us to ponder and consider.
Can we reverse our approach ?