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Brethren do you have an idol in your life? No! No! I am a devote Christian and I don’t think so, maybe my neighbours or friends do have. What I mean by an idol is something as simple as any person, place, object or activity you give a higher priority in your life than your relationship with God. Nowadays, an idol can be your home, your job, a vehicle, a relationship, spouse, alcohol, drugs, sex/lust, Gambling/money/playing games/sports or any sin(e.g.envy, resentment) or even your family.
An idol can be a pet, a computer, or what you look at on that computer. An idol can be the work you do for the Lord that consumes all your energy and time. God says He’s a jealous God.”For you must not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.”- Exodus 34:14. He wants our time and attention. Anyone or anything which comes between us and God is a big problem.
If we worship what we see and can touch, then we are a great disappointment to God. What is of the world is perishable and can lead only to what is perishable. Only God’s realm and His promises are everlasting. We must stay close to God and Christ and be careful not to make our idols.
Remember in James 1:14-15 it says, “But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires, and enticed. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, brings forth death”
Most of us who have read the Ten Commandments understands that we should not worship any other gods or make idols (Exodus 20:2-4; Leviticus 26:1). Today maybe we’re not building great monuments or moulding golden calves of gold, but we drag around idols with us nonetheless—they just aren’t big like those of Moses times.
Sometimes idolatry is as simple as coveting something, which can lead us into trouble.
“‘Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known, and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, ‘We are safe’—safe to do all these detestable things“ (Jeremiah 7:9-10)?
What controls us can lead us away from God and His plan. What we love or crave the most will ultimately lead us in the wrong direction. It seems unlikely that we would make idols and worship other gods today. But isn’t that what we do when we ignore God’s commands during the week and come to church on Sunday pretending, we’ve done nothing wrong? Do we think we can hide our sin from God?
We make Modern-day idols anytime we chose sin, social status or selfishness over listening to God and doing what He says. An idol is not just a wooden figurine; it’s anything or anyone that has more authority in our lives than Jesus.
Whether it be the pull of a cigarette or the love of our life, what controls or leads, us can be our idol at that moment. If anything is more important to us than following God, we have a real problem.
Sometimes we don’t even realize we are pushing God out. It’s certainly not bad to have money, to love someone. It’s when we make it our first priority that it becomes an issue. Colossians 3:5 says, “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry”
We are also told: “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon” (Matthew 6:24). The word, “mammon” means “material wealth or possessions, especially as having a debasing influence”
Once we are aware of an idol, we must not only refuse to bow to it any longer but also avoid reinforcing it. We must clearly and consciously “set apart Christ as Lord” (1 Peter 3:15) in our lives and our parenting decisions.
Finally, casting down our idols will mean giving ourselves anew to prayer and devoting ourselves to the cultivation of new behaviours. We must beg God to replace our false gods with His sufficiency. We must yield to God our allegiance to convenience. We must ask Him to cleanse us of consumerism and celebrity worship, so, we might be better examples to our children. We must seek God’s help in countering our children’s attachment to instant gratification.
Such steps may not be easy. But they will bear fruit in children who “shine like stars” in the midst of an otherwise “crooked and depraved generation” (Philippians 2:15).