Is There Only One God? Part 2

In part 1 of this series, “Is There Only One God?”, we looked at the first of the Ten Commandments that God gave Moses:

“You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3

Is there only ONE God in my life?  What other gods could I possibly put before God the Father?  On any given day, I invest time and energy into my husband, my kids, my job, and my leisure time.

Is that wrong? Well, let’s look at this and see.  Would I brag about my husband’s smoked chicken at the water cooler at work – and fail to thank God for providing for us?  What if I lied in order to defend my child, when in reality they deserved punishment from the school?  Would I get up at 6:00AM to get to church for a special event without taking time to pray or read the Bible?

I love what the story of Abraham and Isaac teaches me.  God promised Abraham he would be the father of many nations (Genesis 17), but he was getting old and still had no offspring. So, Abraham took things in his own hands with his servant, Hagar – and Isaac was born.  Abraham loved Isaac and soon God was no longer number one so God tested Abraham’s faith and commanded him to offer his son, Isaac as a sacrifice.  Ironically, Abraham obeyed God and prepared his son’s body on the altar.  At the very last moment, God provided a lamb for the sacrifice.  All this to see if Abraham made Isaac into an idol, rather than worshiping God first. See Genesis 22

Anyone who has a child knows very well how much we idolize our children.  We are so proud of them, we want to show them off to everyone; we want everyone to know how smart, talented, successful they are so that we will be nominated for the “Parent of the Year” award!

How does this happen? Did God get any of the credit?  God created me to bring honor and glory to him – and to worship him only.  And He gave me children so I could teach them to do the same.

Rewind:

“You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3

Jimmy Needham’s song, “Clear The Stage,” says it well.  Here’s a portion of it:

We must not worship something that’s not even worth it
Clear the stage, make some space for the one who deserves it

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

‘Cause I can sing all I want to
Yes, I can sing all I want to

And we can sing all we want to
And we can sing all we want to
We can sing all we want to
And still get it wrong
Worship is more than a song

Clear the stage and set the sound and lights ablaze
If that’s the measure you must take to crush the idols

If God is first in my life? If so, He doesn’t deserve my leftover time or energy.  What can I do to put God first today and everyday?

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