Tonight I was reading in Jeremiah 2. The constant theme was idols. Four times in particular, God calls them “worthless” idols.
By definition, an idol is an object of worship. As Christians, Christ should be the center of our lives; our primary devotion.
Anything we put before/above Christ would be considered an idol. If we are more devoted to other objects/people than we are to Christ, then we become like worthless vessels.
In my notes I made a list of the top three things I have been guilty of putting above Christ. I don’t mind sharing since I’m sure I’m not the only one who struggles with these problems.
My top three were:
3) social media
After listing these idols, I proceeded to write ways to make these aspects more Christ centered.
I kept it broad because it can be relationships with friends, family, or significant others. Ways I found to make my relationships more Christ centered are possibly doing Bible studies together. Get some of your friends or family together to share in the reading of the Word together. If you have a significant other, reading the Bible together not only grows you both closer together, but more importantly, grows y’all closer to Christ. We are to show and share Christ’s love to all those we have contact with.
So this one was a bit tricky because its not easy to get around. School does take up a lot of my time from studying to writing papers. But I found praying on my way to class would be a good way to keep in constant communication with Him throughout the day. Praying before exams definitely wouldn’t hurt either ;)
I often spend too much time on social media. I’ve been guilty of scrolling down my Facebook feed just to see what’s going on in my friends and family’s life. Instead of scrolling my newsfeed, I could be reading Christ’s Word. Often I find myself playing on my phone when I need to past the time. Instead of playing on my phone, I could use those moments to just thank God for what He has done. I’m not saying social media is bad, but it definitely uses more time than it should for me. Lastly, I want to be sure nothing I post will be a stumbling block to others or cause others to doubt my faith. I want all my posts clean and pleasing to God.
I challenge everyone to really think about what idols you may have in your life. Then go a step further in seeking ways to change that. Lastly, pray that God will help you as you make these changes. It may be a slow process, but the reward is great!