Title get your attention?
In all seriousness I hate to admit that I love my idols! If I didn't I'm guessing they wouldn't be idols...right?
A few weeks ago I was looking for a new study and I can across No Other Gods by Kelly Minter. I had never heard of her but knew that idol worship was something I was prone to so I thought I would give her a chance.
First of all I LOVE this study, it is one of the best I have ever done. Kelly is so "real", she comes off more like a friend than a Bible study author and songwriter, which really draws you in and helps make the experience more personal.
This study deals with confronting the things in your life that you have made more important than God. For me those things were (my blog, my time on the computer, blogging friends and forums, my husband, and I'm sure more will show itself as I finish the study).
God has really been challenging my lately to recognize the things in my life that I seek satisfaction from and deal with them accordingly. I have come away with some new understanding about myself and idol worship, and I would love to share those with you.
My favorite verse highlighted in the study reminds me that we can live a sort of half-life or as my favorite band would say a life "somewhere in the middle".
2 Kings 17:33 "They worshiped the Lord, but they also served their own gods." & 41"Even while these people were worshiping the Lord, they were serving their idols."
WOW! That is where I have been. Wanting so badly to give yield my life to Him, but following blindly after something else or getting fearful and melting the gold to make my calf, the gold that God has given me! That's the interesting thing about our idols, they are generally good things, things from God even.
On page 13 of the study Kelly explains what an idol is using a definition from Ken Sande:
"Most of us think of an idol as a statue of wood, stone, or metal worshiped by pagan people... In biblical terms, it is something other than God that we set our heart on, that MOTIVATES us, that MASTERS and RULES us or that we TRUST, FEAR, or SERVE... An idol can also be something referred to as a "false god" or a "functional god".
She goes on to talk about how these good things don't become gods until they become the ULTIMATE thing we desire. It's really simple now when I think of it. I always explain to my kids that it's not wrong to want something unless they want it so badly that they are willing to disobey God, and I guess this is what I have come to realizes in my own heart.
I am currently battling with being able to let go of those gods to make more room for the God in my own heart. This week has really been a great time of reflection for me and a time of laying down idols, but I know it's not over :).
I feel like God has drilling two ongoing lessons into my head for quit some time now, and I hope I "get" them soon. The first is Grace and the second is Relationship. He just keeps showing me that I cannot earn anything and am unable to be who I want to be without Him, but that I can't have Him without a relationship! It seems so basic, but I still haven't mastered it. Not that I ever will, but that is what I have been focusing on this week, just putting my idols aside, so I can make room in my heart and on my schedule for a relationship with Him.
I highly recommend this study and would love to hear what God is doing in your life. Do you have any idols you don't want to lay down, or just can't seem to get rid of? Have you struggled with grace? How do you grow your relationship with God?