Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. 1 John 5:21
This is my new favorite verse. I like the verses that pack a punch with the least amount of words.
While in the car traveling from point A to point B sometimes I travel in silence. No radio. Just my thoughts running through my head. My mental list of what needs to be done that day. Tomorrow. Next week. I talk to God. I pray and often times my prayers a mesh of asking for forgiveness for that thought I had this morning, the angry word spoken to one of my children or a plea to help me be a better help mate to my husband.
Occasionally I listen to a Christian radio station, I go between music, a sermon or a theological discussion. Today was the discussion. Believe it or not, it was a discussion about the idols we place in our life. So when I finished reading 1John 5 it was surprising to read that last verse. Probably wasn’t much of a surprise to God though. He often uses common thread to make his point with me.
So I sit here writing my contribution to this blog with sound confidence that the theme of my post will be about the idols we put before God.
Whew…I felt the fire raging in me when listening to this panel of men discussing some of the things they considered idols. However, I had the rest of the day to chew on their words and now my mental list has changed. Changed because…my daily list was the idol. It came before God. I was shocked when this was revealed to me. God is so very clever.
I could burden you with my other revelations of what I put before God throughout each day, but by now you are probably making your own mental list of your idols. What also sends me to my knees are the things that one would never consider an idol. Obvious idols are money, jobs, cars, clothes, social status. But what about our kids? What about our spouse? What about our ministry? Seriously? a ministry can be an idol? If it comes before God…then yes.
Heavenly Father thank you for the reminders that you place in my day, that keep me focused on you. You know me so well, you know my weaknesses. Forgive me. Help me to remember to begin every day with a “feet first” mentality. Not my feet…Your Son’s feet. Begin my day at His feet, then leave my list at His feet. Amen