BCL Grow: Worthless Idols — Psalm 96:5
Psalm 96:5 (Sanctification)
For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols, but the LORD made the heavens.— Psalm 96:5
“To bring God’s salvation to the ends of the earth, Jesus’ witnesses must unmask treasured idols, encountering hostility from those whose security is shaken by God’s truth. At Philippi, traffickers in the occult disguised their resentment over lost profits behind a facade of civic pride…(Acts 16:19-21).” — Dennis E Johnson, The Message of Acts in the History of Redemption, p. 48-49.
Steps to Take
1. Reflect: While our modern society doesn’t build idols of stone or wood to worship anymore, idolatry is broader than what can be constructed with our hands. An idol is anything in which we put our trust instead of God. An idol is whatever we hold as more important than God. What are some of the idols you see in society today?
2. Consider: Christians struggle with idolatry as well. An idol could even be something that is in itself a good thing, like family or working hard. What are some specific things you have seen Christians worship without even realizing it? Take some time to consider the day-to-day priorities in your life and how they reflect what is important to you.
3. Remember: Whatever idol you are trusting in right now cannot compare with the love Christ has shown you. Jesus has bled for you and loves you, and he longs for you to grow in holiness and delight in him. All other idols will be lost eventually. Trust Christ Jesus for he will always be there for you and will not fail you.
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