Do You Worship Idols?
Do you worship idols?
What a question! you may be wondering. Of course I don’t worship idols. What do you think I am? An unsophisticated, uneducated primitive who knows nothing about life?
Before you jump to conclusions (as I did), let’s take a look at what an idol is. The word “idol” means a person, object, or activity that is worshipped as a god. To the Christian, an idol means any person, object, or activity that is worshipped above God.
So, keeping that definition in mind, do you worship idols?
Sadly, when I posed this question to myself years ago, I had to answer yes.
Idol worship is deceptive. Why? Because good things can be idols–as was the case with me. My idol was church ministry. I was so much involved with serving God that I was failing to worship Him as I should have been. Serving had trumped worship, and that was idolatry, plain and simple.
To put anything above God is to make an idol of it. For example, if we put our spouse above God, we have made an idol of our spouse. If we put our children above God, we have made an idol of our children. If we put our job above God, we have made an idol of our job.
Some people put food, fun, or sex above God. Others put drugs, smoking, or alcohol above God. Still others put sports, exercise, and entertainment above God. Bottom line, anything we put above God is an idol.
What are the idols in your life? Ask Holy Spirit to show you. You may be surprised, as I was.
So, what do you do if you discover idols in your life?
- First of all, you repent and ask God to forgive you.
- Second, you determine in your heart that nothing will ever again take the number one place of God in your heart.
- Third, you consistently monitor your priorities to be sure you are keeping God first.
An idolatrous heart is a sinful heart. It not only grieves Holy Spirit, but it also robs you of the blessings God has for you.
So, guard your heart to make sure it does not fall into idolatry.
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