Friday, May 29, 2015

Do You Worship Idols?

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4:23

golden calf on a pedestalDo 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 it was in my case. 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 them. If we put our job above God, we have made an idol of it.

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?

1) First of all, you repent and ask God to forgive you. 

2) Second, you determine in your heart that nothing will ever again take the number one place of God in your heart.

3) 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.

Guard your heart to make sure it does not fall into idolatry.

Unforgiveness can be an idol. To help you get rid of the idol of unforgiveness, you may wish to obtain a copy of my ebook, A Christmas AChristmasHomecoming_h11273_680Homecoming, a powerful story of how one woman overcame the idol of unforgiveness in her life.

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2 thoughts on “Do You Worship Idols?

  1. MaryAnn; I understand completely what you are saying about idols and church ministries and serving God: I was praying so much every day and doing anything and everything I could to please God ( or at least to make myself feel good by pleasing God); I began to wear myself down that by the time I got to Church, I couldn’t wait to leave; it no longer filled me with joy and comfort; instead, I found myself to be exhausted. I realized I was in trouble and went to see three priests; two of them told me to pray more, but the third told me to relax, have coffee and do something to please myself. I realized then I had been playing God, and I asked for forgiveness. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you for your insightful comment, Skye. The third priest gave you wise advice. We cannot earn God’s approval. When we try to do so, we are making an idol of our works. So glad you pointed this out. Blessings to you!