Posted: 04 Mar 2012 06:58 PM PST
"I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me" (Exodus 20:2).
This is the first commandment God gave to Moses. It was then given to a group of former slaves who were freed by divine intervention from God. He saved them from their bondage and then commanded that he must be foremost in their lives.
To a twenty-first-century Christian, this commandment seems like an easy one to keep. Our cities don't have pagan temples to Baal, Moloch, or Jupiter like the places where the Old Testament Hebrews or the early Christians lived. We lovingly and openly worship God in our cities and churches. Yet maybe those pagan gods can be replaced by modern idols, things like money, career, celebrity, or technology. Where do these fit into your relationship with God? Do you really need to answer that work email from the pew on Sunday?
Take a moment to reflect on the things in your life that can potentially come between you and the worship of God. Do you have any false idols in your life? Does anything need to be reprioritized?
What can be changed so that no earthly thing comes between you and God?
Chris Vega, member of Marble Collegiate