PI Girls, as you know, I love reading God’s Word and I will be contributing a couple of articles a month on a “Bible study” topic for you. My prayer is that these pieces will deepen your faith, stir a hunger for more truth and spark an interest in other facets of your relationship with Christ.
According to the Word of God, in Romans chapter 1, we all worship something: creation (created things) or the Creator. We serve one master or thing in our lives. To some, it can be a career, an addiction, a relationship, money, sports, entertainment, people, celebrities, fashion, and so forth. We can have a balance of passions, but the goal is to focus our lives on the Lord and allow our relationship with God to define us. Our lives shouldn’t depend on whether or not we achieve a goal, or receive what we hope for in life. Amen? I am speaking to myself as well, sisters in Christ!
What is the one thing in your life that could possibly be an idol? In Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, the word “idol” is defined as “a representation or symbol of an object of worship; broadly: a false god.” I recently listened to a message from Tim Keller, a pastor and author who spoke on “counterfeit gods,” which prompted me to share some insight from what he mentioned. Keller is the author of Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters. This is an interesting topic that causes the believer to analyze if, in fact, we are in the faith and truly serving our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
In a world filled with distractions, in a fast-paced society where there is pressure to be beautiful, successful, happy and to satisfy the normal demands of this life, it’s a thought-provoking question to ask ourselves: “Whom do I serve?”
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. (Matthew 6:24)
We all serve someone. We may serve ourselves, our parents or others. We can try to please people and win their approval, impress those with status, even try to win them with performance. We all do it; we are all in some ways serving something more than another thing in our lives. Of course, no one is perfect and we have all fallen from God’s glory (Romans 3:23), but it’s a healthy question to ask if we are true worshippers of the Lord. We need to dig deep and reflect on the Word of God in the Bible to see if our hearts are fixed on Jesus. It says in the Bible, that our heart is like a mirror. What is in your heart? If you don’t get what you pray for or are hoping for, is Jesus enough? Is the cross enough? Or will you give up?
God loves you so much and wants your whole heart. He wants you to have an abundant, blessed, overflowing life of joy and peace where you can confide and trust in the Lord regardless of circumstances (John 10:10). If you don’t give up, God says in the right season you will reap a harvest. The key is if you don’t “faint” or give up. The enemy wants us to give up and to put our trust in people and circumstances…but they will FAIL you. This world has fallen…the only thing that is reliable is the Word of God and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen?
As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man. (Proverbs 27:19)
Even Bob Dylan sang “Gotta Serve Somebody.” Some of the lyrics are:
“But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed, You’re gonna have to serve somebody. Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord, But you’re gonna have to serve somebody…”
In the Bible, it says that we can only serve one master (Luke 16:14). It talks about the love of money and that you can’t serve and love both God and the world. This doesn’t mean we can’t make money or have nice things. It’s when we become consumed or obsessed with something like our career, or making money or a name for ourselves—that is when it becomes idolatry.
Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (James 4:4)
James 4:4 speaks of spiritual adultery; we should be spiritually married to God, and not stray. When we think of something more than we think of the Lord, it can become a distraction. This doesn’t mean to be extreme and never get a job or be ambitious. No. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t focus or give your best. No, life comes with balance. It is having the wisdom (knowledge of the Word of God) and being practical in life so we can have a healthy life and a relationship with God. If we seek Him every day and we put Him first in our lives, our lives fall into place. (Matthew 6:33)
Something runs our lives. Someone is King or Lord over our lives…who is Lord of your life? This is just a personal evaluation of your relationship with Jesus Christ. We are all convicted of this to some degree. Take some time to analyze your life and pray about where you can repent in the areas of idolatry. You may want to write down some things in a journal or take some alone time. Ask the Lord to help you and really live out the call of God in your life, with true worship and purpose. Amen? I am praying and interceding for you! I love you, sisters in the Lord!
PI Girls, do you have any questions or comments about idols in our modern-day society? How may I pray for you? Message me at facebook.com/TheChristiGiven for prayer requests and questions concerning this topic. God bless you!