But our understanding of idolatry is often too narrow. Here’s how I think of it: Idolatry is giving first place priority to something or someone who isn’t God.
With that definition in mind, a lot of things can turn into idols. Your popularity, work, grades or ego can become an idol!
Here’s the third:
How do you spend your money?
I know, I know. It’s always touchy whenever we talk about money. But how you spend your money often reveals your (actual) priorities.
Granted, a lot of you have bills to pay and other commitments. I get that. But what are your spending patterns? Are there trends which reveal an allegiance to a certain priority or thing? Is there a trend of discounting God and his work when it comes to how you spend your money? Do you consider your money a gift from God to be used wisely, or a personal possession to be used however you please?
I remember hearing a pastor who said that if you wanted to see the spiritual condition of his heart, don’t look at how well his Bible is marked up with notes and underlines; look at his bank account.
In 1 Timothy 6:10 Paul says, “Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
I know this is tough. But remember that discovering and tearing down your idols is ultimately a good thing that gives you greater freedom.
Be honest. How do you spend your money?
By Matthew Ruttan
- As I announced on Tuesday, my new book “Up! – 313 Devotionals To Help You Start Your Day in a Biblical, Relevant Way” can now be purchased on Amazon here! And you can get the Kindle edition here. If you’re in America, go here.
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