Substituting Something for the Someone

idolsThe word “god” (with a little “g”) is defined as anything that sits on the throne of your life and takes the place of the one true God.

So the question before the house is this:

What is the most likely and dangerous “god” you face today?

From the school room to the board room to the locker room to the family room, there are countless gods that compete for first place in our hearts. And we often become quite sophisticated in substituting something—anything—for the one all-important Someone . . . whose name is Jesus Christ.

We live in a culture that is overflowing with idolatry and unabashed immorality. Idols of every shape and size are continually calling to our hearts, trying to gain our affection. Of course today, in our cultured “sophistication,” we do not bow down to a golden calf or a sacred tree; no, we find our ‘gods’ in our relationships, our hobbies, our professions . . . even our church service!

Take a moment today to examine your heart. Have you allowed anything smaller than God to sit upon the throne of your life? Have you substituted something for the only Someone who deserves first place in your life and in your heart? Make no mistake, idolatry is anything that cools your desire for the Kings of kings and Lord of lords.

May it be said of all of us what the Lord said of Caleb, who refused to substitute something for the Someone:

Because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.   (Numbers 14:24)

To follow God “wholeheartedly” does not mean perfectly. We are imperfect people and everything we do we do imperfectly, including following God. But we follow wholeheartedly, even when we are messing it up, when our heart still beats for Jesus.

Now that’s a beat worth marching to, wouldn’t you agree?

This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN! 

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