Exodus 20:5 says “Thou shalt not bow down (worship) thyself to them, nor serve them. For I the Lord thy God am a Jealous God visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.”
I would like to talk about the first part of this verse where God gives his commandments to Moses to tell the children of Israel not to worship any “idols” or “graven images.” The word idol means “an image worshipped as a god; a false God.” It also means “an object of passionate devotion.”
The question I ask you this week is simple: what’s your idol? What is the very thing you value the most in your life right now? Many of God’s people have fallen victims to this verse because we have built up idols in our lives, and now we worship these things and, to be honest, we can’t do without them.
We have sports as our idols, where we spend more time, effort and energy on it than we do in our call commandment by Jesus in Luke 18:1 “that men ought to always pray and faint not.” Whatever we devote our time, effort and energy to more than God is an Idol. In fact the Bible says that God is “jealous” over the fact that his very own children would give anything more attention than him. This type of jealousy is a “Godly jealousy” which means he still loves us, but we need to tighten up some loose areas of our walk him.
Everyone reading this article is guilty of devoting more time, effort and energy to other things than God. The Bible tell us who we are and whom we belong to; it also tells us that we have access to God through Jesus Christ and what he did on the cross, which gives us power to overcome any circumstances that will every come our way. These are the things that “Satan” does not want you and I to know about. Many of God’s people have not tapped into that power yet, because of these “idols” that have been created in their lives. Jesus says this in Matthew 6:24 “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.” (Money)
Can you make it without this idol that’s in your live?
Everyone will say yes they can, but remember God sees and knows your hearts and he knows if it’s just mere words you’ve confessed or a sincere heart-felt repentance of wanting to cast down these “idols” in our lives.
Saints of God take this seriously because God wants to b first in our lives, not just in our speech.