Idols. What are they? Other gods, right? Almost no-one believes in them nowadays, right? Wrong. Idols are anything and everything that we put before God. When you are saving up to buy or getting something awesome, you could be idolising that awesome something that you’re going to get. Or you could absolutely love something that you already have, like a power tool, family, friends or money. You can idolise anything except God. To try to love God and something else would be a complete failure. Jesus said that Himself: “No-one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Matthew 6:24) What he’s saying is do not attempt to serve two things at once. Choose one. Choose God if you want eternal life in heaven, true joy and wisdom. Anything else will lead to destruction, disaster, and hell, even if it looks like a good choice. The Bible condemns idols strongly. Probably the most famous condemnations are the first two of the Ten Commandments: “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or in the earth beneath or in the waters below.” (Exodus 20:3-4). Many people think they are serving God, who they were made to serve and love, but they are actually serving something else. On the day of Judgement they will say “Lord, Lord did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and preform many miracles? Then I [Jesus] will say “I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!” (Matthew 7:22-23) Another great many people choose money or other things when faced with the choice. Woe to them! All people who do not choose Jesus, the Saviour as their master will anguish in hell for eternity and their life will be destroyed like the foolish man’s house that was built on the sand. That’s the bad news. The good news is that everyone who chooses Jesus as their master and is faithful to Him will reign in heaven forever! Who will you choose?
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