Are you still a slave? Be honest now. I’ll help you decide. A slave is a person who is excessively dependent on or controlled by something or someone. So do you worship someone or something? Then, you are a slave! Do you worship something to make sure you will get into heaven? Being in heaven is a state of freedom! So how can you be free if you still worship something.
Worship is the feeling or expression of reverence for a deity. Now that you know, you can stop being a slave to that deity! (You atheists can stop patting yourselves on the back. Money and such is also a deity!) What deity worth their salt would require worship? One that is desirous of taking any energy you possess for themselves? If all that is comes from a divine source, why does that source need your energy? The answer is simple and obvious. It doesn’t! Wake up for God’s sake! Which God’s sake should you wake up for? YOU!
There! I’ve set you free. But I guess Godhood and freedom take a little getting used to. After all, the Jews had to wander the desert for 40 years till all the old slave paradigms and mental constructs died off. (At least relative to the human slave masters! They never were able to shake the slavery to deity!)
Time, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, is speeding up. You don’t have or need 40 years! OK! Mark your calendars! I’ll give you 40 days! Now don’t ever say I’m not benevolent!!
Oh, by the way, feeling gratitude from your heart is way different from worship and it behooves any infallible God to be in expression of it.