Worship the Creator, not the created

2 12 2010

“And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory. So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with… evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.” (Colossians 3:4-5)

 

When I think of the word “idolatry” it seems to be far fetched, not applicable and not something to worry about in my daily life. When people talk about “idols” in the biblical sense, it seems that most often they are referring to an old testament story about a golden calf, or an offering to a false god. But in the New Testament, idols are mentioned also, and instead of being an actual statue of a god, they are much more tricky and deceptive, because they live in each of us. Idols can be many things, in this passage it sums it up as greed and evil desires. Giving glory to God alone is supposed to be our number one priority, however, it doesn’t always happen this way. More often than not, our minds are bombarded with worries, thoughts and general musings about things that are NOT God, and also NOT anything pure, noble, or good as we are directed to think about in Phillipians 4:8. We fill our minds with thoughts of things that were CREATED, not the CREATOR. These things were originally intended for good maybe like money or relationships, but we have so manipulated them for our own evil desires that they have become an idol to us, something we worship above God. What are your idols? A good test is to try today to be aware of your thoughts. When you “space out,” where does your mind go? Or even more, where are you spending your time, your money, your energy? Does God get your best or just your leftovers? For me, my mind goes a million directions at once, thinking of all kinds of things, spending my time a lot on things that don’t matter. But our God is a God of peace and rest. Let’s think of Him alone, glorify Him and all the desires of our heart will be given to us in accordance with His will.

 

In His love and peace,

Stacey

 

 

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