In times past, we understood idolatry to be physical idol worship; graven images and the likes. More recently, we have understood idolatry to go beyond graven images into anything that we pay more attention to than the things of the Kingdom.
Today, we take it a little step further. Unfortunately, this is going to tread on the toes of several Christians. The truth, however, must be spoken and broadcast regardless of whose feelings or sensibilities might be hurt.
An idol is an object of worship. It wants all your time, attention and resources. Of important note is that no one deserves this space other than Christ who died in my place.
3 manifestations of Idolatry
Colossians 2:18 speaks of the worship of Angels, priests, popes, saints long passed etc. Christ is the way, the truth and the life. NO MAN COMETH TO THE FATHER EXCEPT THROUGH HIM. In summary, “Anything we pay more attention to than God and His kingdom. “
That could include my church; my GO, my service, My giving, My Rule keeping, my job, my family, praying to Mary or other saints and even my self !
Colossians 3:5 So put to death and deprive of power the evil longings of your earthly body [with its sensual, self-centered instincts] immorality, impurity, sinful passion, evil desire, and greed, which is [a kind of] idolatry [because it replaces your devotion to God]. Ephesians 5:5 buttresses this point perfectly
Philippians 3:19 To simplify this verse. If my job, hobbies, friends take up more of my attention and focus than the work of the Kingdom, I am an idol worshipper.
We need to do some serious self audit because if we review our lives in light of these scriptures, we may see several things that we never thought had become idols in our hearts. Am I following Christ just for what he can do for me, thinking that GAIN is GODLINESS?
Do you Idolize your Pastor, Wife, Children or even your church?
Do you worship the creature more than the creator?
We have no excuse once we read this message.
Where is your affection?
Where do you direct your energies?
What is your love and commitment given to?
May His grace be available to us for repentance and change. Amen.