Leviticus 19:4 "Turn ye not unto idols, nor make to yourselves molten gods: I am the LORD your God."
Exodus 20:3 "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."
The biggest and most popular idol in the world today is Y-O-U. What am I talking about you might ask? We make ourselves our own idol.
An idol is that thing that is put before or in the place of God in your life. We hear all the time or think of an idol in some one's life being a statue (such as Buddha) or the virgin Mary or something like that. But I learned or heard my husband say something in his message Sunday of an idol I'd not considered before. The idol of self. I'm sure a lot of us have never worshipped the idol of Buddha or put the virgin Mary in the place of God. I'm sure we've all heard of the idol of the television, or our children or our families or even sports and other activities. But have you ever considered the idol of Y-O-U?
Here are some ways we put ourselves as gods or idols...
1) When you don't pray.
2) When you don't read your Bible.
3) When you don't go to church because you just are too tired to go.
4) When you don't call that person God put on your heart to call.
5) When you don't witness to that person He wanted you to witness to.
6) When you don't give that money He wanted you to give to someone or to the church.
Every time we say no to God and do what we want to do we are making our self an idol. We are putting our desire or our wants before what God wants. Remember...anything we put ahead, above or before God is an idol. That includes our own wants and desires.
So the next time you go to ignore what God wants you to do and do what you want to do...you are making an idol of Y-O-U!!