You shall have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2
It takes a conscious effort to faithfully serve God. With the many distractions that bombard us on a daily basis, we often place God last on our “to do” list. Every morning that we are granted another day of life, we determine how we will give gratitude and thanksgiving to God. Personally, I thought that when I retired, I would naturally spend more time with God. On the contrary, it was a struggle to get myself together spiritually. With all the free time on my hands, I was even more distracted and focused on my own desires which escalated into little idols.
If you work everyday, and request PTO, think about your agenda; sleeping in, relaxation, taking it easy, or doing something pleasurable would probably be among your top priorities. How many times have you said, I want to spend more time with God during my time off from work? To be honest, never did I place God as a top priority during my 40-year career on my days off, my little idols took precedence over God.
I am taking a short get-a-way this weekend and have prepared a checklist of what I need to do: Check the weather forecast; pack the appropriate clothing; ensure the vehicle has gas, proper fluid levels, and tire pressures; and searched the internet for some fun things to do while away. I would never think of traveling without advance planning and preparation.
As a believer, I have the responsibility of preparing for eternal life. My daily list of things to do should have my spiritual commitment to worshipping God as a top priority. Studying the Word of God, praying, singing and praising should not take a concerted effort when I think about the bountiful blessings that I receive and do not deserve.
Little idols are the ordinary things in life that we place above God. Time spent on activities will help you determine if they are a distraction. The great news is that the little idols can be discarded. Remember that God desires for us to use our talents, develop our creativity, and have a joyous life. Even so, He requires that we put Him first above all others and activities.
Now that we are aware of the problem–the solution is simple. Develop an action plan of always placing God first, and your mindset will change. As soon as my eyes open, I say a prayer of thanksgiving to honor our most loving God. It has taken time for the transition to rid myself of the little idols, and God has patiently waited for me to put Him first in my life.
What is on your agenda for today?
Prayer for today: Dear God, We acknowledge that we have placed and served little idols above you. Please forgive us and guide us, as we make the necessary changes to reflect that you are above all else in our lives. Thank you for your loving kindness, your grace, and your mercy. We love and honor you. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz