I used to think that I was so rid of idols in my life!
Or so I thought!!!
What is an idol anyway – I have heard it explained that an idol can be anything! In fact an idol can be anything that gets in the way of God and you – that takes precedence in your life – that can be something/someone you just can’t live without.
Some idols can be our addictions or our pastimes – they can also be our homes, our jobs, our hobbies even our families.
So where do we go from here? Well personally I have prayed and considered idols in my own life for quite a while now and I figured I had it all pretty much worked out. I realised that my idols can come between God and me and my wonderful God who loves me so much is a jealous God (if I can use that word in all sincerity) and He wants my total life often in all of its wretchedness and wants nothing to come between us.
I read with all honesty Colossians 3 and prayed that God would enable me to put aside all of these things that could come between Him and me.
“So put to death the sinful, earthly things, lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust and shameful desires. don’t be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry. God’s terrible anger will come upon those who do such things”
I realised that to follow God I would have to put aside all things that came between Him and me so I tried not to be greedy for the so-called ‘good’ things in life.
So all these things I faithfully tried to out aside and worship Him alone.
It was just recently that I have realised that I have left ONE big idol out of my cleansing and that BIG idol is ME!
“ME” probably the biggest idol of all – talk about not seeing the elephant in the room!!
The idol of “ME” can be so so deceptive. “Me” can creep up on us often without our even knowing it.
“ME” likes to control our own will and whatever else we can grab hold of. I found I liked responsibility and being noticed – I liked to influence others – I liked to be in control of every situation I found myself.
When I look back on my life I can see just a few instances where I have not been in control and master of my destiny – taking responsibility of my choices and decisions.
The moment I came to the ultimate conclusion that having “ME” in my life was a real problem and such a huge idol I am astounded as the patience of God that He never gave up on me.
What is so hard is letting go of control and letting God take it. Handing over the reigns as it were to Him can be so hard and scary because for years that is all I have ever known – “ME” in control of ALL situations that impinge on my life.
It’s really scary letting go and learning to live again in Jesus – handing everything over to Him and obeying Him to the utmost degree and learning afresh what it means to actually REALLY live by faith.
I have finally come to the very same conclusion as to what God has been saying to me over all of these years to remove “ME” that wretched idol sitting there brazenly on the throne of life and putting God in His rightful place as Lord of my entire being.
So how do we remove “ME” the idol? Well can I say it is not going to be easy. “ME” will not willingly give up the throne – he may have to be dragged screaming, biting and punching but with God’s real help he WILL be removed.
It will get easier, for once we have named and identified “ME” as the BIG idol in our lives then when we do falter God’s amazing Holy Spirit will encourage and support us.
“ME” is not hidden any more – I have identified him and know his little tricks to ursurp the rightful King and re-gain his control. God is the ever faithful Warrior and He is there beside us helping us to press on to victory.
So how are you with idols – Have you identified any at all? Who do you give glory to?
Are you like me with a BIG “ME” idol lurking there in the middle of the room yet unseen by you?
We need to be willing to hand everything over to God – even your own personal “ME”
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