Idolatry is alive and well. In fact, let me go out on a limb. I believe that the last nine commandments are forms and outflows of breaking the first commandment. And the antidote is the greatest commandment to love the Lord our God with all our hearts…
3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
When we put anything before God in our lives, we are likely to end up breaking commandments 2-10. Have a look at Exodus 20. See if you agree.
When God is first in our lives, before every other thing and thought, we will be as close to Christ-like as we can ever be. The first commandment is the killer commandment. By that I mean than it’s the game-changer. It’s the most important. It’s transformative in life and pursuit of God and his blessing.
I have listened to the stories of countless people who follow Christ. Many of them name a god they placed before God Almighty. In fact, each of us have a god we have placed before God Almighty. Here is a brief list:
What’s your go-to idol? Ahhh… that’s the kicker, isn’t it? You thought you left it behind when you gave your life to Jesus, didn’t you?
The idol rub is that you left your idol behind, yet Satan and his demons are most pleased to pick it up and carry it for you on your journey. They will have it ready on your doorstep whenever you might need it.
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Like a dog returns to eat its own vomit, we return to our sin (Proverbs 26:11, 2Peter 2:22). That’s life in the flesh. Real life. We eat it up. It’s as instinctive as original sin. And we will beg, borrow, steal, lie, and covet to shine that idol up if we don’t keep God number one in our lives.
The first commandment should have first priority in our lives, and notice that when Jesus affirmed the greatest commandment in his teaching, he echoed this idea: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment, ” (Matthew 22:37-38).
Lord, we need your help and blessing…