Carey Lewis Devotions
Friday, July 13th, 2012
American Idols (Part 3)
If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.
Luke 14:26 (NKJV)
When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you.
Isaiah 57:13 (NKJV)
In our devotion to American idols, we collect things: hobbies, ornaments, and furnishings. Trophies, degrees, and positions--things that look good on resumes. But what about our resume in Heaven? 'The court was seated, and the books were opened' (Daniel 7:10).

Our Judge will not overlook idol worship.

The next two idols are more common to women:

3) Sons: 'And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My Name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life' (Matthew 19:29). I have seen many mothers worshipping at the altars of their children.

Loving our children is right, but adoring them is wrong.

Why? We must not love anyone more than Jesus--not even our family. In addition, the adoration of our children leads them to narcissism and false expectations. If we follow God's parenting advice, both we and they will reap great rewards. Like Mary, Elizabeth, and Hannah, we say of our beloved sons, 'I give him to the Lord' (1 Samuel 1:28).

4) Superficial Adornment: When physical beauty becomes an idol, 'The Lord will snatch away {your} finery' (Isaiah 3:18). Therefore, 'Do not let your adornment be merely outward--arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel' (1 Peter 3:3).

God understands a woman's desire to look good, and He describes His delight in her adornment in Ezekiel 16. But He also describes the danger of beauty that can lead to destruction.

Superficial adornment is when beauty becomes an idol. Women ceaselessly polish the surface while their hearts corrode from a lack of care. Superficial adornment distracts women and those who see them.

Instead of appreciating their beauty as the glory of God's creation, friends and fans appreciate their beauty as the glory of man's creation. Superficial adornment is a false idol that creates more false idols.

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the American Idols series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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