Thought and Prayer for Saturday, May 25, 2013
Saturday, May 25, 2013
CREATING OUR OWN IDOLS
The idols back in the day were pretty obvious because they were objects built primarily for worship or people put on thrones to obey and worship. Worshiping idols is not so obvious for us today but it does happen through our daily decisions and actions. We tend to find ways to do what we think is important to us or our family and not consider if it is important to God or important as God. When we put others or things first replacing church or quiet time with God for these things, we are creating our own idols.
Deuteronomy 4:23 “So be careful not to break the covenant the LORD your God has made with you. Do not make idols of any shape or form, for the LORD your God has forbidden this.” (NLT)
Dear Lord, help us not to create our own idols. Help us to be aware and stay aware of putting You first in all we do. We know we can’t do anything well without You so if we even tried to replace with You with someone or something, we would fail at what we were trying to do. We want to put You first in all we do so You can give us strength to do what Your will is and we can give You all the glory. We can still do these things, if it is Your will, but we need to put You first in all the things we do. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
We can’t be a real help to others when we aren’t putting God first in our lives.
Being a martyr for others gives us no time for God.
When we put others needs before serving God, He can’t help us to help them.
God wants us to do for others but He wants us to have a relationship with Him as well so He can show us what to do to help them.
When we sacrifice our time to help others but we don’t spend time with God and other believers, we are doing damage to both our lives and those we are attempting to help. God can give us the love we need to help others.
1 Corinthians 13:3 “If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.” (NLT)