Idols in Your Life (Part III of III)
II Kings 18:4, King Hezekiah removed the high places and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah poles (idol altars). He also broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the sons of Israel burned incense to it; and it was called Nehushtan.
This event with King Hezekiah occurred about the sixth century B.C. The original event with Moses and the snake took place much earlier -- around 1450 B.C. For about eight centuries, the Israelites had hung on to that bronze serpent. They dragged it here and carried it there, preserved it, protected it, polished it. Finally, they made an idol of it and even gave it a name: Nehushtan. That word simply means “a piece of bronze.”
And that’s all it was. But the Jews of ancient Israel had taken something Godly and turned it into an idol. It happens even today.
We can make an idol out of anything or anyone in life. Your child or grandchild can become your idol. In subtle ways you can so adore that little one that your whole life revolves around the child. Your mate or date can be given first place in your life and literally idolized. Your work (ministry) can easily become your God, as can some pursuit in life. A house, a lawn, an antique, a car, a letter in sports, an education, exercise, a trip abroad, video games, an achievement, and even that goal of “retirement” can so grip your heart that it becomes your own personal Nehushtan. Don’t miss the point. There is nothing necessarily
Don’t miss the point. There is nothing necessarily wrong with any of these good things. To possess them -- any or all of them -- is not sinful. But it is sinful when they possess us! Therein lies the difference. It is that sort of unscriptual emphasis that turns a golden dream into a hollow chunk of bronze.
“Where your treasure is,” says the Lord, “your heart is,” and “out of the abundance of your heart, your mouth speaks.” What does that actually mean? What you invest your time and money in, what you talk about, what you keep returning to in your mind reveals what really occupies first place in your heart. It is just that simple.
Honestly now, can you testify to the fact that you have destroyed all of your idols? Can you really say that Christ reigns supreme in your life without a rival? Matthew 6:33 says that when Jesus is first and fore
Matthew 6:33 says that when Jesus is first and foremost in your life, everything else will be added to you. Yet sadly for many, they allow their lives to get attached first and foremost to good and proper things, that become inappropriately adored and desired.
Colossians 1:18, Christ is also head of the body, the church, and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He himself might come to have first-place (supremacy) in everything.
Did you get that? First place in everything. Supremacy in everything. In everything.
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Chris Voss is a pastor at First Christian Church, 317 S. Main, Donna.