What or who are they in your life?
A lot of us within the body of Christ have the false belief that because we don’t look up to graven images and we don’t physically bow down to shrines or symbolic statues or figures, that we aren’t idolators…
But we’re so wrong.
Take a look at the list below and let’s rank these things – and I want you to be very very honest with yourself.
In your life, where is God’s true position amongst the following things/people?
(And please let this be a genuine assessment of where He really comes in the mix of things and not where you’d like Him to be in an ideal world…)
- Partner (boyfriend or girlfriend)
- Home care and chores
- Any other activities and people we fill our days with
Where is He?
Lower than you expected?
You see, every single thing/person that you allow to take a greater weight, value or importance in your life than your pursuit of God and His will and His word –
is an I D O L.
And please bear in mind that this is not always done consciously…
You mean no harm or insult to God when you do it, but to name a few:
- You look at your phone and check that social media news feed ten times more than you even think of meditating and conversing with Your Maker.
- Your tithe and offering is often short because you had other things to pay for.
- You just want to quickly do the washing up first, then you’ll pray.
- You just need to cook for the family first, then you’ll read the Word.
Very easily, He’s fallen a couple or even a good number of places in the ranking…
But we didn’t mean for it to be so.
Now don’t get me wrong, a very select number of things in our lives are actually ‘that important’ and in fact God does not undermine their importance either. However the problem of idolatry arises when we prioritise these things above God, and often it becomes a repeated habit.
What many of us have done is just about ‘fit God in’ and made Him work around everything else that we have going on, rather than the other way round. This is not only in terms of spending time with God, but it is also applicable in terms of what we do with our finances and other resources in which He has given us clear instructions about how to use them to serve Him.
We have put things so far above God and made Him last on our list. We rush and are eager and take so much more pleasure in engaging ourselves with all the things of the world; but we forget that we ought to be working out our salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12-13).
Sound like idol worshipping yet?
One of our favourite luxuries being children of God, I’m sure is G R A C E.
But that very gift that God has given us freely, is what many of us are abusing and it’s the reason why we’ve become so lax in our service and worship to the Creator of Heaven and Earth.
We seem to have forgotten that God comes first!
(Matthew 6:33, Matthew 22:37-40).
How about we flip it, and start to do it right.
-Prayer and worship should be intentionally scheduled into your daily routine, not just as and when you remember.
-Your tithes should be the first thing intentionally set aside from your 100% on payday, not just scraped together after you’ve dealt with everything else.
I understand this can be sensitive for some who are struggling, but I really encourage you to activate your faith in doing this, and then watch for the fruits of your obedience – the Lord Himself says ‘Test Me…’ – God will never fail you! (Please see related scripture here: Proverbs 3:9-10, Leviticus 27:30-34, Malachi 3:8-12).
-Church services – to fellowship with others, and render a service before God, take precedence over work and social events etc.
Again, that’s only to name a few – we all know the things we need to adjust in our lives, so let’s not neglect what needs to be changed.
I must say though – I get it… A lot of the time when we’ve put God on the back burner, our main justification is because it’s in order to do stuff ‘we HAVE to do’ – it’s when we’re tending our flock – so God understands, right?
I’ll put my hands up and say I’ve done it too – mainly with my education – surely God doesn’t want me to fail, right?
But let us remember the word in Ecclesiastes 3:1 that says there is a time for everything, thus we must create order, structure and discipline in our lives and ensure that drawing nearer to God is at the top of our plans.
Retrain your mind to know and understand that God who gave you all these things will surely help you take great care of it all, but not at the expense of your worship and relationship with Him.
Today we call our hearts back to You in Jesus’ Name. We ask for Your perfect forgiveness to cleanse us and renew us for every single way we’ve made things and people in our lives god above You.
We ask that You enable us to consecrate our lives back unto You and revere and honour You as we ought to.
We don’t want Your wrath O God, we want Your smile and we want to make You happy, therefore help us get our worship and service right in order to please You. And help our hearts to truly chase and long after You in Jesus’ Mighty Name
Restore us unto You Father, let us be close to You,
in Jesus’ Mighty Name we pray.
Keep the Faith, Don’t Stop Believing.