I was reading a story today about an Asian woman that was going to a church in secret to learn more about Jesus. The more she learned, the more she felt the invitation from God to follow Him. She accepted the invitation and immediately knew that she had to get rid of the idols and false gods in her house. Her house was full of clay statues and art work with these false gods. These false gods were a part of her life from the time she was born. Together, she and the church gathered all of these items from her house and brought them to the “secret” church. That night…the small group of believers had their service while these false gods burned in the trash can. What a sweet aroma that must have been to this new believer in Christ.
Deuteronomy 4:23 “Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that He made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the Lord your God has forbidden.”
I believe the burning of these false gods, in the story above, was more than appropriate. Read the next verse in Deuteronomy. “For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.” Deut 4:24
It is easy to read about this woman in Asia, and the people of the Old Testament and ignorantly say, “I don’t have any false gods.” But, in America we have gods that look a little different. Well, this isn’t just in America, this is an epidemic all over the world. These gods or idols are “possessions and positions”.
“We can’t fathom a Christian on the other side of the world believing that a wooden god can save them, but we have no problem believing that religion, money, possessions, food, fame, sex, sports, statues, and success can satisfy us. Do we actually think we have fewer idols to let go of in our repentance?” - David Platt
The truth is that we have just as many idols as the woman in Asia. We may not be able to physically burn ours in a fire, but I do have an idea. Almost two years ago, Bethany and I were in our backyard sitting around a fire pit. We weren’t talking, we were just spending time together in silence. I had recently been hit by the 70mph Mack Truck in the face, called “JESUS”, and I had an idea. I went inside and found whatever I could use to write on and throw into the fire. The one thing about fire is that if it is hot enough, it will burn up pretty much anything thrown in. I found some old paper plates and began writing, “lies, deception, money, greed, double-life, lust…etc”. I wrote anything and everything that I felt had a foothold on my life. Bethany joined in as well, and we began burning these things and watched them disappear.
I will always remember that night because it was a symbol of what God had done in my life. The thing about getting hit by a Mack Truck is, if it’s going 70mph, you aren’t going to look the same after you get hit. The Mack Truck named “JESUS” hit me, and I didn’t look the same anymore.
A verse that I underlined in my Bible two years ago was part of my Bible study yesterday. It described me and my life. I was deceived by Satan. I claimed to be a follower of Christ, but my actions and life didn’t prove it.
“The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” Matthew 3:10
I claimed to be a Christian, but had no fruit to show for it. I felt the blade from the ax of God at my roots. Do you claim to be a Christian, but look just like the “world”? Repent today, write down the idols, the “possessions and positions” that lead your life and burn them.
Have a wonderful day friends, and be different, be a light for Christ.
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