“For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things. Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.” Romans 1:21-25
Human hearts were made to worship. If our affections aren’t directed toward the God of the Universe, they will find something to replace Him—though that replacement be faulty at best. John Calvin claimed that, “Man's nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols.” When we reject the One True God, our hearts will become entangled in any number of different idols.
We worship boyfriends, money, sex, feminism, friends, even ourselves. While none of these things will satisfy, all of them will destroy us if made to be lord of our lives.
For the unbeliever, this becomes a way of life, trading in one idol for the next, yet being enslaved by all of them. The only way to be set free is through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ—the name above all names (Philippians 2:9). The Christian, though fully covered by the blood of Christ and forgiven, must fight against her flesh, striving to rid herself of anything which seeks to usurp God from the throne of her heart.
Truly, He alone is the only One deserving of all praise, honor, and glory.
Father, help us to worship You and You alone. Open our eyes to anything we have made into an idol and give us grace to repent. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Search your heart. Is there anything in your life you have made to be your “god”?
Brittany Allen is a follower of Christ, wife to James, and momma to three in Heaven. She exists to bring God glory and prays her writing is an avenue for that. She longs to encourage women to think and live biblically and thrives on seeing women open up their hearts to the Savior and to other women around them.