And God spoke all these words:
2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
3 “You shall have no other gods before[a] me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
This was the first commandment we were given. Perhaps it’s because once we have our eyes off God and on something else as our affection that we fall prey to every sin imaginable as we live to satisfy a new man made God who doesn’t have a holy standard.
Here’s the four points we’ll focus on over the next couple weeks.
When we stop loving and worshipping God, we naturally find something else to worship
Your immorality always begins with idolatry
Idols dig roots in our soul, we have to make sure we uproot all of it.
God has to become the center of our love, our worship and our lives.
John Calvin tells us that the nature of man is a perpetual factory of idols. According to Augustine, “Idolatry is worshipping anything that ought to be used or using anything that ought to be worshipped.” Ya know, wanting something so bad that it consumes every facet of our thoughts and then using God as a genie to get it. According to B. Gothard, Idolatry is, “trusting people, possessions or positions to do for me what only God can do.” That’s for all the people searching for validation through people, relationships, jobs, how much money we make, the car we drive, living for the gram and FB. J. McMath says “That for which I would give anything and accept nothing in exchange is the most important thing in my life. What that is, is my god.”
The question we need to ask ourselves is, ON WHAT DO I SPEND THE MAJORITY OF MY TIME, THOUGHTS AND RESOURCES ON?
You see, we were created for love, we were created to worship someone, and when we have distorted that through our sin nature, we stop worshipping the creator and instead we worship any and everything else.
It's trading in a life of color for black and white. What a dull exchange.