On Sundays we have been looking at the Ten Commandments, and this week we were thinking about idols and worship.
Exodus 20v4 paraphrased - “You must not make idols or bow down to anything other than me for I am a jealous God.”
“What is my idol?” I thought. It is a difficult question to answer truly, we don’t always see what grips us ourselves. I think mine is, or one of them is Approval of Others. What they think of me.
During the worship time I shared the interpretation of a picture. Then immediately I sat down I was thinking “I said that all wrong” “I waffled on” “I missed out an important bit God wanted to say” “did anyoneunderstand what I was on about” “I hope people were listening” REALLY!
God is pleased when we obey, that’s it!
Eventually I remembered what I had learned, it’s Jesus that matters, and what He thinks of me. I know that what He thinks of me is more important than what “people” think of me.
It’s not that I should have no regard for others, or be unaware of their feelings. God’s desire is that I care for all those around me, and His opinion of me and His standards are primary.
If I please God that is honour indeed, and if no one notices me, that is insignificant in comparison with my Father’s pleasure.
Sorry if my words are starting to get very “churchy” but I hope you are understanding that Jesus’ opinion of me and my actions is all that matters. The bible says that I cannot serve two masters, God and Money, but it is also true that I cannot serve God and Man.
In our fast-paced world of instant gratification, it is hard to think ahead to the time when I will be in heaven and will receive my treasure, a crown, and yet I can still crave the instant approval of “people.”
God makes it clear, I either get my reward on earth or in heaven, and I would rather store my treasure in heaven to be enjoyed for eternity.
Having said that, it is my personal relationship with Jesus now, that I am so grateful for, knowing that He approves of me is brilliant. Knowing He loves me as I am and that He will always be there for me, is the best treasure.
Matthew 6:20 NIV: "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal."
Galatians 1:10 NIV: "Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ."