Thinking about Monday’s post and the quote by N.T. Wright, I had to think whether I was worshiping something or someone else right now instead of God.
I remember a time when my job was very important to me. This job not only provided for my daily bread and paid the bills, but it also filled the craving for significance. It fed my starved ego, and as time and promotions went on, it became an object of worship for me.
Friends, spouses, children can become our object of worship. They are all good in itself. But “no matter how amazing a person is, humans make terrible gods.” (Kelly Minter in “No Other Gods) We put a human being on a pedestal and begin to worship him/her instead of their Creator.
In essence anything that we start obsessing over can become an idol for us. I remember a sermon by Pastor Vic Neufeld, where he talked about making something good the ultimate thing. And once that object becomes the ultimate thing, it’s an idol.
“Then God gave the people all these instructions:
…You must not have any other god but me.
You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.
You must not bow down to them or worship them,
for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods…”Exodus 20
What is your secret indulgence?
How much time do you spend/waste on it?
What is the object of your worship?
It’s time to take care of our idols!
It’s time to worship the One and Only True God!