Friday, December 12th, 2014
Images (Part 13)
The End Of Idols
Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
'This is the way, walk in it,'
Whenever you turn to the right hand
Or whenever you turn to the left.
You will also defile the covering of your images of silver,
And the ornament of your molded images of gold.
You will throw them away as an unclean thing;
You will say to them, 'Get away!'
Then He will give the rain for your seed
With which you sow the ground,
And bread of the increase of the earth;
It will be fat and plentiful.
In that day your cattle will feed
In large pastures.
Isaiah 30:21-23 (NKJV)
In every decision, we have choices: good or bad, right or wrong, life or death, blessings or curses, God or idols. In learning, we also have choices: easy or hard. Because we learn from wise teachers and foolish mistakes. I've done both.
Here's the thing: God is clear about choices: We can't avoid them. We can't deny them. We shouldn't procrastinate, and He allows no middle ground.
Like double-minded, half-hearted, fence-sitting Christians, with one foot in the world and the other in church. Despite every prosperity preacher's wooing words, no man can serve two masters. Undeniably, Jesus said and lived the opposite.
God is also clear about idols. Every one of them will fall. But how they fall brings us another choice, and it is a life-deciding choice: 1) Idols can fall by our own hands, as in 'You will throw them away as an unclean thing' (Isaiah 30:22) or, 2) They will fall by God's Hand, and their worshippers along with them:
'They will throw their silver into the streets, and their gold will be like refuse; Their silver and their gold will not be able to deliver them in the day of the wrath of the Lord' (Ezekiel 7:19). 'They shall be ashamed and also disgraced, all of them; They shall go in confusion together, who are makers of idols' (Isaiah 45:16).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Like Jesus, you walk straight into a land of idols. He faced idols among the people, idols among the Romans, and idols among the priests, but He never backed away. He never played it safe, and He never quit.
Among the people, He was a remarkable Teacher. Consequently, many of them believed and discarded their idols. Among the Romans, He was a respectful Citizen. Consequently, a few of them believed and discarded their idols. Even more, He knew that God would 'Judge the nations' (Psalm 110:6) at His appointed time.
But among the priests, He was a truthful Revealer. Consequently, most of them scoffed and guarded their idols. Even so, a remnant repented, like Jairus and Nicodemus.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Be like Jesus. Among the people, be remarkable. Among entertainment executives, be respectful. Among your brethren, be truthful. Don't bow down to idols: not in the world, not in media, and certainly, not in church.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Images series.