I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. (Exodus 20:2-4, ESV)
The tendency to slip into a subtle form of idolatry is the ever-present snare before our feet. Any number of different things – cars, homes, money, our spouses, our children, even our ministries – can set themselves up as idols in God’s place.
As such, we must be ever-watchful and ever-vigilant. The false idol that creeps in unheard and unseen is the same that will rob us of the riches of Christ in our sleep. When that happens, alone in the dark, we must humbly seek our repentance before God, that He might repay the treasures we have lost.
What many Christians fail to see is that idols don’t have to be in the form of carved images made up of stone or gold, but that they can just as easily be idols of the mind. Such an idol is nothing more than whatever takes our affections away from God. Whatever a person thinks about most will also be the false god they bow down before.
The flesh we fight everyday seeks to lay prostrate before these idols. Only too easily can even the strongest Christian fall into the gaping trap of idolatry, and only through the Grace of God can he be freed.
I speak as one who has struggled with this type of sin for the longest time. The Lord has finally allowed me to come past it, but it remains a constant struggle to maintain humility and devotion to the One whom I love. Please be careful that you are not the next person to be taken a hold of by the idol of your mind.