Watch yourself. Watch your own devotion to God and watch how you influence others. Watch what you believe about God and stay true to God’s Word. Draw people to the God of grace in all aspects of life. This is a good challenge for me today as I influence others…
1 If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, 2 and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” 3 you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer.
6 If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, 7 gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), 8 do not yield to them or listen to them.
Deuteronomy 13:1-3, 6-8
1 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. 2 It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. 3 So watch yourselves.
We hear from time to time that we were made to worship – created to worship. I feel this in myself at times. Not only do I experience being drawn to that which is greater than myself, I am also drawn to adore or admire people or things. Where admiration or interest turns into worship and following after wholeheartedly, we are at risk of putting idols ahead of the true God.
An idol is anyone or anything which we place in between us and God and which takes our attention and devotion away from God.
We see that we can be drawn away from God and toward idols by a range of people around us. Thankfully, Mosaic Law is not in force in our lives today. The penalty for enticing God’s people worshiping idols was death. It’s serious to God when we mess with his place in the hearts of his people.
Jesus taught that it would be better to have a stone around your neck and be drowned that to lead one of God’s children astray. Jesus didn’t, however, advocate the killing of our tempters. God has that covered in eternity. There will be a day of reckoning.
In the meantime, what do I do that leads people away from worshiping God and toward idols? Do I ever use my influence to lead others astray? I wouldn’t do that intentionally, would I? My life is dedicated to serving and following God, not leaving him or abandoning him…
That’s not to say that I couldn’t sway people in my circle to admire or adore people or things which take the focus off the Lord. And that is never my desire. What we see in Deuteronomy is blatant, and what I can contemplate is likely more accidental. So watch yourself… That’s what Jesus says to do.
Watch yourself. Watch your own devotion to God and watch how you influence others. Watch what you believe about God and stay true to God’s Word.
Draw people to the God of grace in all aspects of life.