Guard Yourself

I look at children everyday with an absolute desire for them to become who God created them to be.  I look at my little 5 year old Grace, who is destined to be a  leader of a great movement of God.  She exudes the strength and sensitivity at a young age that is built into a great leader.  I look at my young tender hearted son, Jude and see him as an individual that will one day become a man of integrity.  Even at the young age Eddie and I get the sense of a calling on his life that will serve the helpless and needy.  Both are built for greatness.

 

The longer I am a mother the more I desire my children to see the beauty in my Jesus.  I am awaiting the day when Jude asks my Jesus to become his God.  I had the privilege of leading my Grace to Christ and seeing her baptized.  I see the culture waiting patiently to destroy the values that we are desperately trying to instill, the cry of the sinful society weighs heavy on me daily and reminds me to pray for the future of my children.

 

The same way I long for my children to not be distracted by enticing wicked society Christ longs for me and you.  We live in a day and age when everything is a disease and everything is validated with excuses.  Even in the Christian circles we have a high tolerance for sin.  We look at our lives and feel that if someone isn’t killing someone or molesting a young child they are a quote “good person” and don’t need to be investigated any further.  In reality we are serving idols.  I have never seen a world so obsessed with stuff.  It’s a total “addiction” to get and to have and to indulge in yourself.  I look around at parents not spending time with their children because their jobs have become their identity and NO ONE is calling them out.  I see women who are injecting themselves with the latest toxic age-defying serum that is certain to take many years off, and wonder where we are headed.

 

An idol today is rarely a little statue of a ancient prophet, or a fat little guy that is suppose to bring you good luck.  It is blatant that we are serving idols and the idol we are serving is us.  I was struck with this verse last week.  Check it out.

 

1 John 5:27

Little children, guard yourselves from idols.

 

This nugget is simple is it’s verb-age and vast in it’s meaning.  The author John was writing to believers, not to unbelievers.  This was the same guy who was the author of Revelation and the gospel of John.  He obviously was concerned even in that day that believers were being led astray by other things in order to serve themselves.  I love the endearing beginning of this verse, little children.  That’s what we are.  We are children of the most High.  The author John had seen Jesus and been called “the beloved disciple”.    He knew what idols can do, and what they did to Judas the disciple who sold Jesus to the Pharisees for 30 pieces of silver.  He knew that abundance is not found IN SELF, but in a relationship with Christ, and He challenges us with, guard yourselves from idols.

 

My question today is is there an idol in your life?  Examine yourself today.  If you are constantly making excuses for something, or feeling guilty for an action that you are doing.  If you are hiding something, or doing something in secret.  If you are never satisfied with your life.  Odds are you have an idol.  No need to panic, it’s time to get rid of it, and protect against it in the future.

 

Bottom line, my sweet reader, is that that idol will never satisfy.  It may satisfy for the moment, but it will leave you empty yet again. Guard against it, just like our military does for battle.  Remember, it is possible to overcome!

 

Love you sweet reader!!  Thanks so much for reading!!  I am amazed at you!!  My passion is to challenge you with what I have learned, and I am amazed that you all are reading!!  I would love to hear from you!! Feel free to connect with me if you have a question!!