Please fill in the blanks below:
_______________ comes first in my life.
_______________ influences the choices I make
______________ forms my perspective, attitudes, & beliefs
______________determines how I spend my time.
Whatever we write in the above blanks, is the force that rules our lives. It is what we worship, bow down to. It is our idol!
Next give the following some deep thought.
Can whatever we wrote in those blanks offer us eternal life? Can they offer peace in the midst of a storm? Can they offer solutions that just seemed beyond our understanding? Can they offer forgiveness. Can they offer guidance or light in our darkness? Can they put the broken pieces of our lives back together? Can they faithfully fulfill our needs?
Yet they do offer something. They can offer us eternal death. And existence forever separated from God.
Have we stopped to think that we have made other people, our jobs, seeking after money or pleasure, or even just pursuing our own will, the things we bow down to instead of God? If we give more consideration to these than we do to God, we have made them idols.
That may be shocking to us. Yet, hopefully this realization will shock us into making God first in our lives. That God’s word will influence the choices we make. That His Truths will form our perspectives and attitudes. That we will seek to follow God’s in how we spend our time.
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry, 1 Corinthians 10:14,ESV