The Bible strictly forbids idolatry. One of the ten commandments declares, “you shall not make for yourself a carved image, you shall not bow down to them nor serve them” (Exodus 20:4-5).
But almost anything can become an “idol”. Things that we worship and serve in place of God. It might be money, car, house, possessions or anything else we let control our lives. These things are not necessarily wrong in themselves, but they become idols when we made them the most important things in life.
Brothers and sisters, listen, the bible rejects idols for at least two reasons:
- Idols are false. They can not serve us or change our lives for the better.
- Idols cut us off from God. We substitute them for God and as a result, we turn our backs on Him and sometimes never come to know him and love Him as we should.
Let me ask you this question. Has any idol ever taken God’s rightful place in your life? Let me encourage you, please do not let it happen. Why? Because God has commanded “you shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3)
Luke 16:13 says, “No servant can serve two master. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You can not serve both God and money.”