“Who Is On the Throne?”

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Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry - Colossians  3:5.

You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve – Luke 4:8.

According to the English poet Oliver Reynolds, an old man had a family altar where he burned incense to an image of Napoleon. When asked why he adored the portrait as a god, the man replied that he adored anything. Imagine, venerating a picture of that French general! Imagine what it is to burn incense to the portrait of a human being who does not have a meaningful relationship with his worshipers! That is the worst of the idolatries!

Of course we never think that we are idolaters, but do we subtly disobey the commandment of God, You shall have no other gods before me? (Exodus 20:3).

We would never even dream of bowing to the photo of any mortal, however famous or powerful it may be. But who is on the throne of our heart? Are we giving the first place in our life to a loved one? Is that person first in our love? Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me (Matthew 10:37).

Maybe we love money. Or maybe our work is our highest priority. Luke 12:15-21 -And he said to them, Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. And he told them a parable, saying, The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops? And he said, I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry. But God said to him, Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be? So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.

Jesus said, You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve (Luke 4:8). Are we worshiping Him and serving Him alone? Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 1:9 For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God.

Have you really turned from idols to God? Spend some time alone with God to examine your heart. Make sure you have not become an idolater.


- Jaime Restrepo