The gods we serve

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Thursday, November 08, 2018

"You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol of any kind, or an image of anything in the heavens above, the earth below, or the waters under the earth.…” Exodus 20:3-4

We live in a celebrity-obsessed society. Whether we acknowledge it or not, most of us are influenced by a celebrity. That is why corporations and manufacturers pay hundreds of millions of dollars to celebrities to help promote their products. When Lebron James was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, the franchise was valued at $2.5 billion. The tickets for the games were sold out years in advance. But since he left the team, the franchise has hit a new low in terms of ticket sales and winning percentage. Quicken Loans Arena is never full, and the value of the franchise has dropped by at least $1 billion.

When God told the children of Israel “You shall have no other gods before me,” he knew that humans are prone to worship idols. Even the most faithful Christians struggle with idol worship. We try very hard to be faithful to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, but most of our time and energy are spent chasing after the American dream, and doing whatever necessary to maintain a comfortable lifestyle. Thus we are always too busy to pray fervently, too tired to worship passionately, and too distracted to serve faithfully.

In truth, most of us serve God and mammon without realizing it. We spend more time trying to make money than we do trying to serve God. Some don’t mind spending hours shopping or socializing on the internet, but they complain when the Sunday service goes longer than one hour. God forbid if the pastor preaches for more than twenty minutes. Some people will start rolling their eyes, others will begin coughing loud to get his or her attention, and some will get up to go to the bathroom, to express their impatience.

We don’t have to spend long hours at the church to be a servant of God. Our service to the Lord is not confined to the four walls of a church building. We serve God when we align our decision with his will. When we prioritize his agenda over ours and seek first his kingdom and righteousness, we are serving him.

Serving God is not a practice, it is a lifestyle. A life of service to God requires a lot of discipline and focus. Especially since there are so many other gods vying for our worship. We have to resist the urge to make for ourselves idols of any kind. That means not worshipping money, politicians or political ideologies or parties. We cannot be pleasure driven or consumeristic.

Servants of God are always available to do his will at any cost. They learn to be content in every situation because their priority is pleasing God. Their love for God fuels their service to his kingdom. They don’t allow anything or anyone to dampen their commitment and availability to God.

One thing I know, those who serve God sporadically and haphazardly cannot expect to experience the power of his joy. If God is one of the many gods we serve, we cannot expect him to protect us from the attacks of the enemy, and for the joy of our salvation to fuel our worship. God is, after all, a jealous God. He will not share his glory with no idols. We have to serve him alone.

Prayer- Lord, please reveal to us the idols we serve so we can renew our commitment to serve only you.

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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