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Easy Idols

Ezekiel 14:6,7 – “Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations. For every one of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face…”

Idols. I have heard all my life that an idol is anything that you put before God. The fourth definition of “idol” in Webster’s 1828 Dictionary is this: “Anything on which we set our affections; that to which we indulge an excessive and sinful attachment. Any thing which usurps the place of God in the hearts of his rational creatures.”

The children of Israel were notorious for their going back to idol worship. It plagued them throughout the Old Testament. We look back at them and shake our heads at their lack of faith and inability to refuse idol worship.

But aren’t we just as bad? For the most part, our society doesn’t have images that we worship. Now, there are some who worship statues in our society, don’t get me wrong. But I personally don’t know anyone who has a statue in their home that they bow down to daily.

But I do know people who put other things before their service to God. I have friends that say that they are followers of Christ that don’t step foot into a worship service on Sunday morning. They are at the pool or at the store or at the amusement park or at the ball game – anywhere other than worshiping God.

Last week, we had revival at our church. My son had soccer practice two of the nights of revival. We had a choice to make – do we let him go to soccer or take him to revival? I’ll be honest. We actually toyed around with the idea of letting him go to practice. But in the end, we decided that we needed to show him what was more important – worshipping and serving God. And let me tell you, God blessed my heart in that decision. We had amazing challenges laid out before us and my son was keenly interested. I know that God will use the lesson we all learned last week to touch our hearts in the future.

But walking away and choosing “idols” is so easy. The first step is to separate ourself from Him, just one time. Just one time. That is all it takes to walk away from Him. Then it becomes easier and easier. And then you realize that you are knee deep in step 2 – the idol is set. The little time away from Him has become full on focus on something else. And this makes the “idol” a stumbling block. It gets in the way when we want to go back. We’ve committed to it.

And sister, we are all guilty of this. We have all let something else come in the way of our service and worship of God. It could be work, school and it’s activities, extra-curricular sports, television, vacations, hobbies, fatigue – the list could go on and on, but you get what I’m saying. It is easy to let the things that we enjoy doing get in the way of our “reasonable service” (Romans 12:1). It is not that any of the things listed above are bad. It is just that they have their place in our lives. And that place is behind our service and worship to God.

Dear princess, we have a way back. Repent. Repent means to turn around and go the other way. Choose to walk away from whatever is keeping you from doing what you know that you are to do. Do those things later. Don’t do them when you know you should be at the house of the Lord or in the presence of the Lord. Make God your priority and He will bless you because of it. He will make the relationship so much sweeter. And besides, who are you going to be spending more time with in the future (like eternity kind of future), Him or the “idol”? When you think about your time in the scope of eternity, spending time away from Him seems futile. You want to know Him before you get there.

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So very selfish

Hebrews 10:22-25 – “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”

There are so many things out there vying for the opportunity to try and make you happy. There are self help books to boost your confidence in something that you are lacking knowledge. There are beauty products promising the demise of wrinkles, fat and gray hair. There are fitness clubs to join that will promise to make you look your best if you will just pay them and be faithful. There are career opportunities out there that promise that you will be so much happier in your work if you will come and get their training.

But Old Faithful, the Word of God, shows us exactly what we need to do in order to find true contentment – worship God and think about others before yourself. All of that stuff mentioned in the afore paragraph is just that – stuff. Stuff that is physical. Stuff that will one day be gone. But the time and effort that you put into worshipping God and serving one another in love will never be gone. You are storing up treasures in heaven that will not rust nor thieves break in and steal. This stuff is truly permanent.

Yet how much time and effort do we truly put into worship and service? Once a week? Once a month? Once a year? When you leave the house, how often do you forget your cell phone? If you are like me, probably happens once every blue moon. But do you “forget” to read your Bible every day? You can remember that which is important to you. It’s summer time. Lots of churches are doing vacation Bible school. Were you asked to help out but didn’t because you don’t feel qualified to teach? Yet your neighborhood is having an Independence Day party, where you know questionable things go on, and you are right there in the middle of it, no questions asked.

It happens every day, to all of us, princess. I am just as guilty as the next. We all fail. We all fall short. But praise God, we have a forgiving Savior, who is ready to change us, make us and mold us to be a vessel for His honor and glory.

So you want to be truly content? (I say content because happiness is temporary. Contentment has longevity.) STOP THINKING OF YOURSELF ALL THE TIME! This is not your world and everyone else is just living in it! Try serving. Try reading your Bible. Try pondering The Word. Try going to church every time the door is open. Try listening to Christian music on the radio. Try reading Christian books, fiction and nonfiction. Try NOT watching the television and spending time with real people. Try putting down your phone while you are waiting and speaking with others around you.

Remember princess, I too have problems in all these areas. I’m not just ranting to see myself rant. I know that God has bigger plans for you and for me if we will just stop being so selfish.