Cleaning House

Possessions - Do we own the or do they own us?Lately, my wife and I have been getting rid of the things that are not worth keeping in our house, and keeping only those things that we absolutely have to have. Now, while we’re doing that physically, I’m also doing that spiritually. Sometimes you just have to take a long look at your life and say to yourself, “Why am I holding on to that?” It may not be anything that is necessarily bad or sinful, just something that really isn’t necessary. Sometimes priorities are forgotten because of the circumstances that come our way. Take a good look at the first two commandments – Exodus 20:3-6 – 3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me. 4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

The first one, NO OTHER GODS! Are you worshiping any other gods besides God? I’m not talking about gods like budda, or mohammad. I’m talking about things you worship besides God. Like maybe money, possessions, position, power or maybe the big one “self”. If you are putting yourself before God, you are making yourself a god, a ruler of your own destiny. You’ve just broken the first commandment.

What about the second one? NO GRAVEN IMAGE. Now we all know that a graven image is a statue, carved out of stone or wood. There are a lot of people that worship those images, some even call themselves Christians. But it may not be a stone or wood image that you are worshiping. What about television or movies. What about sports(now there’s a big one) or even music(how that one hits home). We set up these events as god and worship them every time we put them before God, every time we would rather watch a game or movie instead of worshiping God. If you are giving your life completely to these things instead of God, you’ve just broken the second commandment.

I’m not saying these things are wrong or sinful. But if we are putting them before or instead of God, then they are objects of our affection and worship. If you are a Christian and you bow before a man or a statue, you are breaking the second commandment. It’s time to cast out the gods in our lives and worship the One True God. It’s time to clean house and come before God with a clean vessel(our lives) that He can use.

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