Clear The Stage
Anything I put before my God is an idol.
Anything I want with all my heart is an idol.
Anything I can't stop thinking of is an idol.
Anything that I give all my love is an idol.
CLEAR THE STAGE, JIMMY NEEDHAM
How many things come into your mind when you read those lyrics? Friends, work, grades, family, boyfriend, money, shoes, clothes, makeup, lifestyle choices...
Being honest with ourselves I think we can all now, (or probably very recently), say that God has not been Number One on that list. The first time I heard these words, they hit me. They hit me hard.
With so many things vying for our attention, how can we keep focused on God?
He's the one that died for us. Died for me. Died for you. He is worthy. And yet so often, I forget this.
Friendships, relationships, work, that new pair of shoes, they all give us short term satisfaction or success . Whether it be an A* in coursework, or a new relationship and all those fuzzy feelings and butterflies they give you.
Yet we are told "you shall have no other gods before me" (Deuteronomy 5:7) and to:
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to Him"
We have this awesome God, creator of all, Lord of Lord and yet we still try to take control of any aspect of life we can and battle through with our own grit and determination.
How different would things look for you if you consciously put God back at the centre?
- At the centre of your relationship with your friends or your boyfriend; putting God at the centre not on the periphery?
- At the centre of your work or academic studies: working as if for the Lord not for human masters. (Colossians 3:23)
- At the centre of your views on body image: understanding and appreciating that God sees you as unique, wonderfully made and worth dying for. (Psalm 139:14).
Life around us can so easily distract us from our calling: To love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul and all your mind. (Matthew 22:37).
Why not use this morning to take the time to reflect and come back to God. For His arms of grace are wide open, whatever your idol has become.
Lauren spent three years studying in the beautiful city of Cambridge and graduated four years ago. She now lives and works in Worcester, and loves going to church back in Walsall where she grew up. Lauren discovered More Precious through some friends at uni, and is excited about how God is using it to encourage girls to live for Jesus. Lauren can sleep for England!