Have you ever wondered what constitutes for an idol and what doesn't?
What exactly is an idol?
Do you have idols in your life?
Here's a short video to answer your question:
There are two points to knowing if something is an idol:
- An idol is anything that stands in the way between you and God.
- And idol is anything that stands in the way of you doing God's will.
How do you know what God's will is? There are also two ways to know:
- God's will is known through the Holy Scriptures. Read them, and you will know what God's desires for us are.
- To know God's personal will for you, you must pray and have him answer you.
Putting together Bible reading and prayer will lead you in the right direction. The Lord will answer you, in your heart, what he wants you to do.
Your responsibility from there on is to simply follow what he says. As you obey, you will be fulfilled because Jesus will be filling your heart with his spirit.
If you never heard God's voice before, you must pray to the Lord and read the Scriptures until you learn to distinguish his voice from all the other voices in the world. It is not an audible voice, but it is the same as a thought, except you know that it came from God and not yourself.
"The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit."
If you are too concerned about buying new rims that God's will for your life goes on the back shelf, then that is your idol.
If you are too concerned about leaving your video games so you can do God's will, that is you idol.
If you are too concerned about paying for your next movie that you overlook the needy hobo asking for food by the entrance of the theater, then movies are your idol.
An idol can be anything and everything that stands between you and God. That stands in the way of you doing God's will.
May the Lord give you discernment to understand where you may have idols in your life. May you leave them at his feet and follow him wholeheartedly!