Exodus 20:4-6  says “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments."
          If we’re not to worship images, then what is the object of our worship? We do not worship an image, but rather Jesus, who is the image of God. In Colossians 1:15 Paul writes that Jesus "is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation."
What I want to us to do is to look at our actual worship. You may be a Christian, but let’s examine your worship and see whether Jesus really is the object of your worship. Worship is really about two things: submission and service.
Who and what do you submit to?  And if it’s you, you worship yourself. The created thing you worship is the person you greet every morning when you look in the mirror, because you’re the highest authority in your life and you decide what’s right and wrong.
What or where do you serve? Where does your time, money, and heart go? We need to be deadly serious about our personal idols. An idol lives in our heart before it escapes into our lives.
Martin Luther, the great reformer, said, “That to which your heart clings and entrusts itself is, I say, really your god.”  Mark Driscoll say that an "idol is a good thing that becomes a god thing, which makes it a bad thing." An idol is something that keeps you up at night and wakes you up in the morning. An idol is any created thing that takes the Creator’s place in your life. An idol is what you turn to instead of God to get what you want.
Jesus said the whole point of the law is that we would love God and love our neighbor.  When we love God, we worship him.  May your life be filled with worship.
Pastor Boyd

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