Idolatry occurs when we make a created thing a god thing, which is a bad thing.
You and I were created as worshipers. As worshipers, we are divided into two categories: those who worship the Creator and those who worship created things. Because of sin, we are prone to worship anyone and anything other than the God who made everyone and everything. This is what the Bible calls idolatry. In our own lives, then, idolatry occurs when we make a created thing a god thing, which is a bad thing.
Rather than worship these created things, God calls us to worship him. This doesn't mean we don't enjoy his creation; we just do so as an act of worship to Him for His good gifts and not as an act of worship of His good gifts.
Read Romans 1:21 -25
How do we become guilty of not honoring or giving thanks to God? (The answer can be found in verses 22-23.)
What are some things that you put before God? (Consider those things to which you devote your time and money.)
On what do you spend your time and money? What does this say about who or what you worship?
Ask God to reveal idols in your life so you can repent for worshiping them and worship Jesus wholeheartedly.
This devotion is excerpted from the Who Do You Think You Are? Study Guides with Daily Devotions resource by Pastor Mark Driscoll at Mars Hill Church. Get more devotionals and resources at www.marshill.com
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