Sunday, September 6, 2015

Daily Walk/Meditation: Idolatry and Power to Live a Godly Life

From my walk tonight after the difficult Husker loss (American football).  Glad football is just a game and in the whole scheme of things, not too important.  The last couple of weeks these verses from 2 Timothy 3:1-5 have been on my mind.  Notice how the phrase "lovers of" occurs four times.  Three of these loves are idolatrous, and one is not:

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. 2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

Sadly, the context makes it clear that these sorts of people will be found in the professing Christian church, for they have "the appearance of godliness" but deny its power!  These people make idols of "self," "money," and "pleasure,"  

While the world may worship at the shrine of self, money and pleasure, and those who compromise with the world join them in their idolatry, may Christ's true disciples live in their Lord's dying and rising.  For only in his death and resurrection can we live in the Father's love and the Spirit's power for the blessing of others and the glory of him, who brought about the new creation.

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