You shall have no other gods before me.
When I think of the 10 commandments, I don’t often think that I struggle with idols. Recently, Holy Spirit spoke right to my heart and gently asked me to look again at who I am idolizing. I read the following passage from A Jewel in His Crown by Priscilla Shirer:
“Often we worship and praise the creation and forget about the Creator. In fact, that’s exactly what we do when we consider other’s opinions more important than God’s. We know we are idolizing others when we concentrate on them more than we concentrate on God. This, my sister, is sin. One of the 10 commandments plainly states that we should have no other god before Him. Yet, for all practical purposes, we idolize others and worship their opinions when we allow them to be more significant in our minds and hearts than God is.”
Wow! I don’t know about you, but to me, that hit me square between the eyes. I have been fooled into valuing opinions of people around me more than the truth that God my Creator says about me. If you are unsure if you are valuing others’ opinions above God’s, think about these questions below. If you answer yes to them, you may be putting more value on others’ opinions more than on what God thinks of you.
- Are you concerned that if you raise your hands during worship, your friend might think that you are too radical?
- Are you embarrassed to show your accountant how much money your give to the church?
- Do you worry that the other moms at school will think you are overprotective because you don’t allow your child to watch certain movies or participate in certain events that “all” the other kids get to do?
Read the following verses that speak of who you truly are in Christ Jesus. Then, ask Holy Spirit to show you if there are any opinions of others that you are idolizing over God’s. Ask God to help you realign your heart and mind with His truths.
Verses: Romans 8:17, Romans 15:7, 1 Corinthians 1:2, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 4:7, Ephesians 1:7, Ephesians 2:10, and Ephesians 2:13.
Lifegate Women, Associate Director