“You have refused to obey the commands of the Lord and have worshiped the images of Baal instead.” Thus says the prophet Elijah to the infamously wicked King of Israel, Ahab in 1 Kings 18:18. We like to think we are better than King Ahab, but sometimes we too worship false gods. How can we tell?
~ False gods promise to meet your need to be valued if you give your devotion, time, money and service to them.
~ False gods take the good gifts that God gives and twists, distorts, and perverts them into something that God never intended.
In fact, false gods can only offer poor imitations of what they promise:
- God offers an an unselfish and unconditional love — False gods offer the brief gratification of lust and short-lived romantic feelings.
- God offers true freedom that liberates — False gods offer the enslavement of desire and call it freedom.
- God offers genuine, lasting peace — False gods offer sedatives to numb us and call it peace.
- God offers a deep and everlasting joy — False gods offer the pleasure of sin for a momentary season
- God offers meaning and eternal significance — False gods offer the frenzied pursuit of fleeting success
- God offers security and contentment — False gods offer the “deceitfulness of riches”
- God offers His life, power, and presence — False gods offer the futility of living a life independent from God
Is there a false god that you have been trying to find your sense of value in? That has been keeping you from wholehearted devotion to Jesus Christ? Are you ready to take a stand and surrender yourself in total devotion to God? What specific steps of obedience are you going to take today?
Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. ~ 1 John 2:15-17 NLT