There is a song I love so much and has blessed me over the years. It’s a song titled ‘No Foreign God’, and Chevelle Franklyn wrote it.
I discovered this song at a time when I realized I had placed my relationship with someone over Jesus. I was so negligent to the fact that I had made for myself a foreign god until I meditated on the lyrics of this song.
I was eager to make sure that relationship worked; it was a priority at the time. Rather than making Jesus my only priority, I had made a relationship with this person my idol. I had a designated time for reading my bible and spending time with Jesus, but when this person called, I didn’t mind sacrificing my time with Jesus for them. I used to get nervous at the thought of offending them rather than redirecting that energy to Jesus. I would show up, anytime, and any day whenever they needed me. But whenever the Lord placed it on my heart to intercede for someone or be of help to a person, I would hesitate.
Needless to say, that relationship didn’t last.
You may have been there at some point. Maybe you have given something or someone or even the idea of a thing relevance that they don’t deserve. And that, my dear friend, is idolatry.
Idolatry has to do with the state of the heart. It starts from the heart. So, I start today by asking you what the most profound meditations of your heart other than God are?
You may need to pause and reflect for a few minutes.
Scripture says that ‘you must not make for yourselves an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods’. (Exodus 20:4-5)
God doesn’t take idolatry lightly. A common misconception about idolatry is that an idol can only be something carved out or moulded by man, i.e. it is a tangible object. That’s not true.
An idol can be your career, a relationship with someone, your favourite social media influencer, an ambition of yours, your Pastor, a favourite musician, it can be your reputation/image, the list is inexhaustible. It could be anything. And that’s the scariest part. Whenever we elevate our desires, wants, goals and emotions above Jesus and who He is, it becomes an idol.
As a child of God, idolatry takes away from you. It destroys your relationship with God and people, and that’s why John the Apostle advised the saints to keep away from anything that might take God’s place in our hearts. (1 John 5:21)
It is possible to sing harmonies of God, never miss out on spending time with God, but yet our hearts are still far from God.
It’s so important to keep Jesus at the centre of our focus. We must be intentional about focusing on who He is and His love for us. When we focus on Jesus, we redirect our attention, and we can abandon any idols in our heart.
Charles Spurgeon said, “When the love of God is shed abroad in the heart, the idols will soon depart and the love of sin will take it’s flight”. How often do you meditate on Jesus’s love for you? Paul the Apostle said the love of Christ is too great to understand fully and that is true. Imagine if we spend our lifetime constantly meditating on this amazing love, then we would have no room for idols in our hearts. (Ephesians 3:18-19)
The intention behind this post is to remind you of what matters and what is at stake when we place other things above what matters. Is that ‘idol’ worth losing out on an intimate relationship with Christ? Is anything on earth worth taking the position of the number one priority of your life as a child of God? I highly doubt it.
So, I encourage you today, please go back to your first love and esteem Him above all else.
Have a blessed day and remember that Jesus loves you; God bless you!