Selwyn’s statement that: ‘Idols are an expression of a universal tendency – the tendency to put something in the place of God.’Â – I think, tells us that today, idols are still an important issue for us to deal with.
He goes on to say something which I think would shock many readers; “There is nothing worse than Christian idolatry – that is, when we don’t go as far as to reject God: we simply put something else at the centre and God is then marginalised. There He can influence our lives only faintly – and the result is weakness and immaturity.”
Divided loyalty, can be a difficult issue to deal with, because I feel itÂ can happen with a Christian over a long period of time. We spend more and more time pursueing a career or raising children,Â resulting inÂ less and less time, in seeking God’s loving presence in our lives.
Placing God first with undivided loyalty ensures that all other aspects of our lives (e.g. career & family) will blossum and bear fruit.
Psalm 16: 5-9, I think,Â captures the essence and outcomes of undivided loyalty: “You, Lord are all I have, and you give me all I need; my future is in your hands. How wonderful are your gifts to me; how good they are! I praise the Lord, because he guides me, and in the night my conscience warns me. I am always aware of the Lord’s presence; he is near and nothing can shake me. And, so I am thankful and glad, and I feel completely secure ”
How do you deal with the ‘idols’ that come into your life?