A few years ago I went through the Breaking Free Bible study by Beth Moore. (If you haven’t ever participated in this Bible study I highly recommend getting a group together and going through it.) This study changed the way that I viewed things in my life.
I started seeing how when I place something, anything, ahead of my relationship with Christ then I was making an idol out of whatever it was, and I started seeing that we all have idols. Every single one of us has something that we have made an idol of at one time or another in our lives. They can be anything, our families, our friends, television shows, celebrities, etc.
Now I have to admit that we don’t have idols all of the time. Many times (for some even the majority of the time) our focus is on Christ and our relationship with Him, but let’s face it even the best of us have times when we lose focus on Christ and place something or someone in our lives ahead of our relationship with Christ.
We will be spending time regularly with the Lord and focused on Him, and then something like a new job or a new romance comes along. Our focus switches to that new thing, and we start looking for satisfaction, joy, and fulfillment in whatever it is that has our focus. We create an idol of it, thinking that our purpose, fulfillment and even our salvation can be found in what we are focused on. Our relationship with Christ gets put on the back burner and we start loosing our contentment and joy.
Then when we realize that we are not finding the same satisfaction in our idol as we did in the beginning, we start searching for something new.
But what we need to do is to let go of those idols and start focusing on Christ again and seeking our salvation and fulfillment in Him. He is the only One who can truly save us and bring us purpose and fulfillment.
Our idols keep us in bondage. They tie us up and keep us from living in the freedom and abundance that Christ gives us.
But Christ came to set us free from a life of bondage to useless idols. He came to give us freedom, life, and salvation. He came to bind our wounds and heal us. He came to be our stronghold and our refuge.
So let the idols go and let Christ do His work in you to save you and set you free.