There can be no Substitutes!

1 John 5:21 – “Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.”

In reading today, I came across this very familiar, yet enlightening, scripture when I cross-referenced it in the Amplified Bible. It elaborates on the idea addressed here by saying: Little children, keep yourselves from idols (false gods)–[from anything and everything that would occupy the place in your heart due to God, from any sort of substitute for Him that would take first place in your life].

Wow! In other words, he is not just speaking about the idols of gold, silver and wood that pagans worshipped. Instead, he was urging them to eliminate everything unnecessary in their lives in order to put first things first.

It is imperative that we prevent any substitute from becoming first place in our life. WE must fill our lives with the true, living God, not a phony substitute.

You can tell always tell what is important to you simply by examining how you spend your time. If we are spending so much time trying to make money that we don’t spend any quality time with God, then wealth is more important to us than God. Likewise, if we are always spending time with friends and don’t have any time to spend with God, then, obviously, our social life is more important to us than God is.

How we use our time is so important, because we can either invest it or waste it. On the one hand, if we waste our time, we never get it back. On the other hand, if we invest our time into forming a deep, close, personal relationship with God, then we will reap the benefits of that for eternity.

Let’s determine to put God first in life: spend significant, quality, personal time with Him… and let’s do it today!

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