Idolatry is to worship something other than the one true God. But what does it mean to worship? Worship means to be excessively devoted to, serve, revere, adore. These words and these definitions are somewhat vague and easily set aside through rationalization. So how do we recognize if we have an idol in our life?
Jesus says in Matthew 6:21, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” This gets us a little closer. A simple reflection of your greatest treasures will help you see if you have an idol in your life or not. Anything that you treasure more than Jesus Christ is by definition, an idol. However, how do we know what we treasure?
One last verse, Matthew 7:17, “So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.” Most of the time, due to our own sinful blind spots, it is difficult to see what we treasure most because we cannot see into our hearts, but what we can see is our actions. If our actions (fruit) display the worship of God, then we are good trees. If our actions (fruit) display the worship of something else, then we are bad trees.
With this foundation, let me pose a few questions? What do you primarily post about on facebook, God or your family? Is Sunday family fun day, or is it the Lord’s day? Do you read mom blogs every morning or the Bible? Is your summer schedule full of gospel centered ministry or softball, baseball, swimming, and vacations? Do you spend more money on your kid’s activities then you tithe? Do you spend more time talking about your kids then you do talking to God? When your week is busy running after kids, is Church the first thing to be cut?
For many Christians, the answer to these questions, unfortunately, points to a heart problem. Specifically, that your heart treasures your family more than it does God. As Paul says in Romans 1:22, you have exchanged the glory of God for the glory of your family. And again in verse 25, you have exchanged the truth for a lie and have chosen to worship and serve the creature instead of the Creator.
Now, don’t mishear me. Is family a good thing? Yes, it is an institution created by God for our good and His glory, but it only works well when functioning in proper alignment. God is to be your greatest treasure, not your children, or your spouse, or the picket fence soccer mom image.
Many parents are failing to raise their children with God in the center. Parents are called to raise their kids for the Glory of God, not the glory of the family. This is what children need to see displayed in their parent’s life day in and day out. They need to see Dad and Mom reading the Bible every day. They need to see sacrificial living to the Lord. They need to see gospel centered devotion to God’s people and corporate worship. They need to see a family that stands in stark contrast with the fallen world.
This summer is a great time to do a reset and to put your life in line with God’s will; to seek first His Kingdom; to let go of your idols and grab hold of Christ and actually follow Him, not a sports schedule. As we all know, you cannot serve two masters. Choose today whom you will serve. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.