When was the last time you considered just how easy it is to fall into the trap of exchanging the Creator for created things? And I am not just speaking about those created things that we would put under the heading of “Bad”—possessions that possess us, worldliness, and instant gratification. We often exchange the Creator for some very good created things, such as . . .
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Can you think of other “good” created things that we exchange for the Creator? Our selfish, sinful human hearts can begin beating for the good gifts God has given us rather than the Giver of those good gifts Himself. Because we are created to worship, if we are not worshipping our Creator, we will find some created thing to worship. We simply cannot live without an object to worship! So it’s not a question of whether we worship, but rather what we are worshipping.
They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created tings rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. (Romans 1:25)
But this is not for you! Let the words that follow bring you strength and courage today to rise above a life given over to created things, stopping at nothing short of keeping the Creator on the throne of your life.
I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:2}
In this very first of the Ten Commandments God gave to His delivered people, He reminded them what their first priority in both life and death is to be: GOD! And what God told His people then He is telling you and me today.
Worshipping created things is not as strange as it might sound. To be sure, we think it strange to bow down to a sacred cow or a golden calf. We are far too sophisticated for that! What we do is make gods out of everything else.
God knows the sinful nature of the human heart and just how easy it would be for our hearts to begin beating for something smaller than God. So after having freed His people from over 400 years of bondage and slavery in Egypt, God reminded His people of His deliverance as a means of making the Creator the object of their worship. Notice the language: I am the Lord your God . . . I brought you out of Egypt . . . I brought you out of the land of slavery. Our God wants us to remember how He and He alone has delivered us. Now, I know we have not been delivered out of bondage in Egypt; but make no mistake, we have been delivered out of bondage to sin, Satan, and death. These no longer reign in the life of the believer, but they still remain, which is why we must keep our focus on our Deliverer. Our deliverance should be a source of continual comfort, courage, and strength to encourage us to love God and use things, rather than love things and use God as a means to an end.
Take a moment to consider . . . where in your life right now have you exchanged the Creator for created things? Remember, these can be really, really good things. But good things become bad things when they become ultimate things. Does your work sit on the throne of your life? How about a relationship or family? For parents, it can be children who become their object of worship. Perhaps your money or possessions?
God will tolerate no rival, nor should He. Give God His rightful place on the throne of your life, and your good gifts will become great gifts because the Giver of them is glorified!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!