What is our reaction to all the idols which surround us? When Paul was in Athens and saw the hundreds of idols, even one to the unknown god, the Bible says that “his spirit was provoked within him as he saw that the city was full of idols.” (Acts 17:16) I remember in college reading about all the Greek and Roman gods and thinking how ridiculous it was that people would actually sacrifice to and worship statutes of wood and stone. They had gods for everything—beauty, love, fertility, war, wealth, etc. They had rituals and priests dedicated to these gods. They even sacrificed their children!
Aren’t we surrounded by the same idols as the ancients?
Don’t we sacrifice our children on the altar of success; spend countless resources on the goddess of beauty; waste immeasurable time in the pursuit of that elusive god of perfect love; enslave our children into the priesthood of athletics in the hope they may attain the god-like status of professional athlete? We work all week so we can worship at the altar of pleasure and leisure on the weekend. We love, honor and obey these idols while the true and living God is given just small crumbs of our time and resources. While there is nothing wrong with success, beauty, sports or leisure, they serve as pitifully insufficient gods. Self-assess: What is the majority of your time and money spent serving? Does it have anything to do with the glorious purpose God has for you?
Paul preached clarity in the midst of the insane idol worship of the Athenians.
Paul said: “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.” (Acts 17:24-25) Can we see the insanity of worshiping something that will never love and care for us as God does? The Creator of the universe will “live and move and have His being within us” if we seek after Him. (Acts 17:26-28) He is the only God worth loving, obeying and serving because He loved us to death—when we hated Him. He seeks you. Give Him your heart and you’ll find it.
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