I am the Lord you 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 20:2-3 (NRSV)
“Mom, I just have to have this shirt!” “Mom, I just have to have those shoes!” “Mom, I just have to have that car!” With school starting this year I am wondering if anyone else has heard those phrases from their children. Trying to teach your children to appreciate the things they have while trying not to idolize others is a task that can be difficult. Thankfully the very first Commandment helps with this, “You shall have no other gods before me.”
When times arise where all we want is to be like others, we need to remember that the only person we should strive to follow is Jesus Christ. He has sacrificed everything so we can live the wonderful lives we are given, and yet we want to follow others. Our Lord gave us the gift to worship and praise him freely and openly and simply asks that we only worship and praise him.
Growing up, the phrase “WWJD (What Would Jesus Do)” seemed to be everywhere. I can remember many young people wearing rubber bracelets in a variety of colors with this saying on it. Now when I am encountered with times where we must have the best and brightest just because our neighbor has it, I tend to smile and wonder why that phrase seemed to go away. I am trying to get to a point in our house where, when my children can’t fathom going anywhere without the best shoes on their feet I will politely smile and say WWJD. That is their code to take a breath and truly remember who they would rather idolize.
God seems to get so easily forgotten unless it is Sunday, and you are sitting in church. I pray one day I won’t have to stop and say WWJD to my children because they will already know the only person to worship, and praise is Jesus Christ and realize that even “last season's” clothes and shoes are better than what he wore every day.
Questions for Reflection:
- What are you actively doing every day to make sure Jesus Christ is your only God?
- If you are truly honest, what idols are present in your life?
Heavenly Father, Please guide us every day to worship and praise your name. With “idols” everywhere, please help us remember all that you sacrificed to allow us the lives we live in your name. You are truly our only God and I hope that with each passing day you know that there is only You. -- Amen