Sacred: Week 3
““You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.” – Exodus 20:4-6
We all have a worship problem. This week we explored the Second Commandment and as we looked at it, we saw that we were all susceptible to worshiping the wrong things. Whether we have misplaced our trust in our bank accounts, our own abilities, a substance that we abuse, or simply placed our children, marriages or even the church itself at the center of our lives; we all have a worship problem. These idols that we worship are indicators that we have gone astray from placing Jesus at the center of our lives. As these verses show us, God is jealous for our affections. Not because he is insecure, but because He wants our adoration for our good. When our lives are properly aligned with Him at the center, we are the most healthy. As we continue to discover in this series, the Law reveals our need for a Savior to have any hope of peace with God. The beauty of the Gospel is that if we have believed, Jesus has already saved us and the commandments become opportunities to obey that will make us holy.
We ended our time this week reflecting on this quote from Charles Spurgeon: “The law of God was more vindicated by the death of Christ than it would have been had all the transgressors been sent to Hell. For the Son of God to suffer for sin was a more glorious establishment of the government of God, that for the whole race to suffer. Jesus has borne the death penalty on our behalf. Behold the wonder! There He hangs upon the cross! This is the greatest sight you will ever see. Son of God and Son of Man, there He hangs, bearing pains unutterable, the just for the unjust, to bring us to God. Oh, the glory of that sight! The innocent punished! The Holy One condemned! The Ever-blessed made a curse! The infinitely glorious put to a shameful death!”
How can you fix your worship problem this week? The first step is asking God to reveal where you’ve placed idols at the center of your life. The second is to listen to the Holy Spirit and move on making Jesus the center again. Most of us can’t do it alone, so we’d love to help connect you to Jesus and to His people. You can reach out to us via email and let’s start a conversation.