“Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.” 1 John 5:21
What is an idol? It is something or someone a person often blindly or excessively admires. In it’s simplest terms, an idol is something or someone who steals your focus off of God. The idol doesn’t do the stealing; it is us. We are the ones who gravitate toward things or people who entertain us or enthrall us to the point where they become a fixation.
The above verse is the last verse in John’s first letter to an unnamed group or church. It is his last warning to them from this correspondence. This group was experiencing division within the brethren with some claiming spiritual superiority and as a result leaving. John’s purpose was to assure those remaining that the doctrine they were taught was scripturally sound. The devil looks for sheep who are weak or separated from the main flock. Therefore a divided church can be easy pickin’s for him. John is stressing that anything that causes us to take our focus off of God will weaken us spiritually and cause us to stumble into sin. Diversions are all around us. They can pop up at a moments notice in the attempt to lure us from the safety of our faith-based life. We must be aware of the enemy’s tricks and stay within the hedge of protection the Lord has for us. If we wander off the beaten path we may end up in a place we never intended to go.
A heart totally sold out for God will still stumble from time to time, but need not fall as a result. We can catch ourselves and continue on because in the name of Jesus Christ we can conquer anything that comes at us. We need not look to replace the Lord with anything else for this world only offers temporal things that could never take God’s place. Everything God knows we need is available to us if we will only maintain our focus on Him. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!