Thou shall not have any other Gods before me: Exodus 20:5: You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God.
We serve a jealous God. He doesn’t want us to put anything before Him but rather put Him first in everything that we do.
What is an idol
What is an idol? Well to me, I thought an idol was an image made of stone, wood and other earthly materials that one would pray to. Yes, this is an idol. But there are other idols even among followers of Jesus.
“Well, I don’t pray to idols, images carved and handmade, so therefore I follow this commandment which means that I am all clear.” Wrong!!!
I may not be guilty of praying to another god but there are other idols that we place before God: money, car, house, land, family, friends and everything that we love more than God.
I learnt that all those are in fact idols. And, sadly, I have been at fault for worshiping idols. Yes! My family and education came first in everything. I would forget God when I got caught up in these things, even to the point where I felt that I had everything, so I didn’t need God.
What can really go wrong?
Like seriously, what could ever go wrong once I am the best in my academics and I am surrounded by the people I love?
Well, let me say, a lot can go wrong if you forget the source of all your happiness: God. Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away. Blessed be the name of the LORD.
In the blink of an eye we can lose everything we put before God.
The earth will pass away but the word of God stands. Don’t make anything an idol, my dear friends. Put God first and everything shall be added on to you. For what shall it benefit a man to gain the world and lose his soul?
What are your idols? What do you love more than god? It is time to surrender all to Jesus.
Search within your heart and empty all idols until all you can see is Jesus at the center of it all.