Jesus said Matthew 6:24, “”No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” In the culture that we live in, here in the United States, we tend to think of idol worship as statues of gods, like the kind you see in a Chinese restaurant or in pictures and movies of faraway places. But, this is where Satan gets us. Because we don’t put ceramic or wooden images in our homes and bow to them we don’t think we have idols. But idols are so much more.
Anything we put before God is an idol. Jeri, a friend of mine got real involved in her running and in her testimony, her running medals became her idols. At one time I got obsessed with couponing and it became my idol. A common idol in most homes is our TV’s or the shows and people we watch on them. And, as Jesus pointed out, money is an easy idol to bow to as well. Because, if I just had a little more, all my problems would go away… until I went shopping again. People, music, jobs, hobbies all can become idols.
What idol(s) have become your master(s)? Jesus says you will hate one and love the other; be devoted to one while you despise the other. How are these idols affecting your relationship with God? Are you beginning to love the idol more than God? Last question: What are you going to do about your idol worship?
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