Recognizing Modern Idolatry Day 13: Weekly Thoughts
These past two weeks we have examined five common idols that can monopolize our thoughts and rob God of His rightful place in our lives: the idol of money, the idol of sex, the idol of success, the idol of family relationships, and the idol of self. Through in-depth looks at biblical figures in the Old Testament, key teachings from the New Testament, and modern-day Christian authors, we have tried to thoughtfully take inventory of how we spend our time and energy and see if we are unwittingly offering worship to earthly things that cannot give us what we truly need, namely, God Himself.
- We worship God, not gold. We learn from the example of Gehazi that the ungodly pursuit of wealth brings ruin. When we repent of our greed, we can turn our hearts toward the Lord and become faithful stewards of all that He has generously entrusted to our care, whether a lot or a little.
- We worship the Lord, not lust. We learn from the example of David that the ungodly pursuit of sexual fulfillment brings ruin. When we repent of our lust and sexual sin, we can turn our hearts toward the Lord and consistently seek to live lives of sexual purity, not just for our own good but to display God’s glorious design for marriage and human relationships.
- We worship the Almighty, not ambition and accomplishments. We learn from the example of King Saul that the ungodly pursuit of worldly success brings ruin. When we repent of our obsession with status, we can turn our hearts toward the Lord and choose lives of humble service to God and to our brothers and sisters.
- We worship the Father, not family. We learn from the examples of Solomon and Eli that placing spousal or parental commitments over obedience to God brings ruin. When we repent of our laxity and placing our spouse or children’s preferences above God’s commands, we can turn our hearts toward the Lord and, under His authority, embrace the role and responsibility of leadership that we have been given in our families.
- We worship the Promised One, not pride. We learn from the example of Jonah that a self-centered life brings ruin. When we repent of our continual pursuit of self-satisfaction and self-indulgence, we can turn our hearts toward the Lord and change our conceited attitudes for hearts of compassion for others and concern for God’s glory.
As we prayerfully commit ourselves to loving and serving God in the best way we can, may our eyes be open to reject the deceptive lies the world feeds us and fully embrace the truth He has for us in His Word.