Today’s Verse, Exodus 20:3
Sunday, April 16, 2017
You shall have no other gods before me.
Reflections on Today’s Verse
Idols can’t speak, can’t see, and can’t hear. So are all who trust in them. This is why discontentment always leads to worship: either of idols that don’t satisfy or of Christ who is all-satisfying.
Each of us has idols. Are you willing to admit to yours? What are you doing to kill your idol(s)? In coming to terms with what idols we hold dear, it’s wise to first determine what few idols we don’t have. Not only do we have lovely little idol factories in our hearts, we’ve created fantasy worlds where our idols reign supreme.
2 Cor. 5:15 reminds us that the purpose of the cross is to completely eradicate your allegiance to the most tempting and powerful of all idols–the idol of self. Idols make promises they can’t keep. This is why you can have everything you think you want and still feel empty. But when we open our hand to receive Christ, the idols fall out.
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Father, there is none like you, but there are plenty like me. The idol of self may not be what I believe to be the primary motivation of my heart – but I know from practical experience otherwise. All our idols have one thing in common, when we look at them in the right light we can see reflections of ourselves. Help me remember that any of our brethren succumbing today to the idols of consumerism & materialism need gospel, not shame. Use me today to minister in your name to my ownself and those around me. I pray this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.