“Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.”
Exodus 20:3 KJV
We read the commandment, but we don’t really READ the commandment, we kind of skirt over it because we believe that idolatry only involves worshiping another “god” (which of course we would never do)- but that’s not the case.
It is so easy to commit idolatry if we aren’t careful. Idolatry is putting anyone or anything before God. That could be focusing more on spending time with a boyfriend/girlfriend or the crew or even putting our own pleasures above what pleases God. Idolatry is so easy to commit because often times it is “justifiable”. We wake up and decide to put clothes in the wash before spending time with God so that the clothes can be washing while we read the Word…that way we are getting two things done at once. But then our mom calls so we talk to her because it’s our mom, we can’t just ignore her right? So we say, “might as well clean the bathroom while I talk to her on speaker.” But then we remember that we have an online quiz coming up this week so we need to read the textbook because it’s important that we do well on it. And then the day goes on and on and on as we find thing after thing after thing that “needs to be done”. Before we know it, the day is over and was vacant of God’s Presence because we were too busy doing what we “needed to do” to invite Him in. Because the clothes that God puts on our bodies needed to be washed before telling Him good morning…because the mom that He blessed us with deserved to talk to us before He did…because worldly knowledge was more important to learn than Spiritual knowledge. We don’t say this with our mouths, but it’s what we say with our actions. We commit idolatry daily without even knowing it for anything that we put before God literally becomes an idol god. We must all be conscious and careful.
This example that I’ve shared with you was me just last Saturday (1/16/16). I felt convicted about it and as I look back on that day, it was dull, full of confusion and very tiring, because I was doing my own agenda in my own strength instead of inviting God in and working in His strength.