I met her at church. She was cute and I liked being around her. I guess she felt the same way, since we both found ways to be with each other. Whenever I had the chance, I would want to be with her. We weren’t dating or anything. We were just trying to build a friendship that could lead to something special.
I’d go over to her house and we’d just laugh. However, my friend began to notice I would skip church to hang out with her. He told me to not make her more important to me than God, you know like idolatry. He compared what I was doing to idolatry. I brushed it off like he didn’t know what he was talking about, but I now know he was right.
If you’re like me, you might think the word “idolatry” is kinda weird. You might have heard a pastor or someone say we have idols in our lives and think they are being ridiculous. I mean, I’m not a pagan physically bowing down to a wooden image of someone, or sacrificing my firstborn lamb to a variety of gods.
I thought that was what idolatry was, but it’s much more than just that.
Idolatry isn’t just something that happened back in the Old Testament times, but it also happens today. And it happens a lot.
I had made that girl into an idol. Sure, I wasn’t sacrificing my firstborn cattle to her, but I was making her the number one priority in my life.
God wants something to be a part of your life, while you want it to be the center of your life. It’s making a good thing the ultimate thing. That’s the nature of idolatry.
If we’re honest with ourselves, we’d admit that this happens a lot in our lives.
Your idol could be money, popularity, the opposite sex, or sins like sex. An idol comes in many shapes and sizes. We all have a bunch of them. We just have things that we center our lives around. I place such a high value these things that they essentially replace God.
The basic root of sin is idolatry. When we sin, we put ourselves above God by saying that something God says is sinful isn’t so bad for us.
God says don’t use foul language (Eph. 4:29), but we think it’s no big deal.
God says don’t gossip about people (Pro. 20:19), but we gossip about anyone we can, especially celebrities.
God says don’t look at porn or have premarital sex (1 Cor. 7:2), but we look at porn and we have premarital sex.
We put ourselves above God. We think we know something God doesn’t. This is the nature of sin.
You could even say that a big principle in the Bible is the refutation of idolatry. From straight to finish, the Bible is trying to convince us that only God should be the center of our lives. The Bible is filled with examples of people committing idolatry in some shape or form. And it never works out for them. They always are shown to have made a blatant mistake. They should have kept God centered in their life.
Our lives are also filled with times when we put something or someone above God. And, just like how we read in the Bible, it never works out in our favor. I ended up dating that girl. I should have kept God centered. And so should you.
I pray we realize that we should stop trying to think we’re smarter than God. There’s a reason He’s God and we’re not. He knows more than us. The biggest thing God created was the universe, while the biggest thing I created was the mess my life was before I asked Jesus into my life. He’s smarter than me, so I can just obey Him and I know that I’m doing what I should be doing.
Idolatry isn’t just something that happened back in the Old Testament, it’s something that happens in our lives.
True satisfaction comes in the person of Jesus, not in some cheap idol.
Let’s strive to clear the idols from our hearts and keep Jesus centered.