Col 1:16* For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created by Him and for Him.
Last night a speaker at the Family Camp my family attended this week in Brookdondale, NY, reminded us all that we are created BY him and FOR him. That was NOT the point of the sermon. But when I am reminded that a.) God has a right on my life and b.) I was created FOR him, it puts everything in a new, correct light.
Young people! Old people! You are created by HIM (he doesnt screw up) and FOR him (so all the stuff you worried about today probably isnt as big a deal as you had anticipated).
Also, I’ve been listening to Tim Keller–He argues that sin often (normally) comes from idolatry–we do not break commandments 2-9 unless we first break the first one — have no other gods before God. For example, I do not lie unless, for a moment or more, i decide that some other idol is above God (myself/saving face/some other thing that’s more important than God is to me).
“Sin isn’t only doing bad things, it is more fundamentally making good things into ultimate things. Sin is building your life and meaning on anything, even a very good thing, more than on God. Whatever we build our life on will drive us and enslave us. Sin is primarily idolatry.”
So good things can be idols. Religious beliefs, significant others, money, children, political ideologies. Anything that–if it wsa taken from you or you lost it somehow, would make you so miserable you’d like to jump off a cliff and die.
Keller suggests that we learn what the idols are in our lives and spheres–living/working/being. Otherwise we’ll never truly understand how to gain victory over al these things and worship God entirely.