An idol is an image or object that is placed as a representation of a deity or spirit that is worshipped and highly admired.
“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”
Celebrities, cell phones, careers, cars, clothing, money, social media…I could go on all day listing modern day idolatry. An idol would be something or someone that we put before God. If social media is the first thing that you check in the morning instead of spending time with God it’s an idol. If your head is bowed to your cell phone more than bowing in prayer consider it an idol. If you are following celebrities more than God you are idolizing that person.
Granted our modern day idols may not be an image completely made out of gold or something that we physically bow down to on an elaborately adorned altar. However, in today’s world we have so many distractions that can take our attention away from God. It’s no wonder that God listed the top two commandments in (Exodus 20) concerning idolatry.
“Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;”
Exodus 20:3-5 KJV
We must understand that our Heavenly Father is the only God that deserves our worship. As a matter of fact we were created to worship. So take a moment to think about your daily routine and what’s more important to you. If loving, serving and spending time with God is not listed as number one then it is time to rearrange somethings on your list. I am not stating that you can not love other things or people but, what I am stating is that we only serve ONE GOD and thru giving ourselves to him wholeheartedly we will remain completely fulfilled and satisfied in all areas of our lives.
1. Living in a tech savvy world can be beneficial however, it can also be a hinderance for spiritual growth. Try fasting from social media or only using your cellphone and other gadgets for the intended purposes (as needed only)
2. Turn off the tv it’s not going to hurt you to miss your favorite show especially if that time away is spent with God.
3. Keep in mind that although money, clothes, cars, and other worldly things maybe tangible they are also temporary (the flesh can never be satisfied) and can never amount to the everlasting life promised to us thru our Heavenly Father.
4. Focus on living a selfless life, glorifying God instead of glorifying yourself, others, or things.
“For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;”
-1 Thessalonians 1:9