January 19, 2007 print_code Print this lesson

When we love the creation more than we love the creator, we practice idolatry.

In the book of (Exodus 20:3-5), we are commanded: "You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God."

A physical object such as a wooden or bronze statue, or a golden cow, or something made by the hands, can easily be recognized as an idol by most people; Yet, an idol is much more than that. An idol is anything you put before the creator God.

(Ezekiel 14:3) says "men have set up idols in their hearts." In today’s world very few people actually bow down to statues or other such idols, but a lot of people bow down to idols "in their hearts." They have their priorities wrong.

For example, money, a child or spouse, TV, things we enjoy physically, etc. are things that we often place before our relationship with God. But this shouldn’t be so if we want God’s blessings. Remember that God is "a jealous God," and He demands first place in your life. Therefore, take to heart the instruction found in (1 John 5:21): "Dear children, keep yourselves from idols."

When we love the creation more than we love the creator, we practice idolatry.