Do not worry then, saying, “What are we to eat?” or “What are we to drink?” or “What are we to wear for clothing?” For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided to you. – Matthew 6:31-33
Those of us with distinctly “civilized” sensibilities usually consider idolaters to be utterly pagan, uncivilized barbarians who chant, sacrifice animals, and dance around huge fires in the middle of the night. Yet, are we not as idolatrous as they when we make the “things of this world” the focus of our life’s existence?
Anything that a person may actively pursue, apart from God (and His greater glory), is considered an idol and, therefore, any person who actively pursues something other than the One and Only Creator of heaven and earth would be termed an “idolater,” one who practices idolatry.
Are you living for “food?” Are you living for “entertainment?” Are you living for “family,” “career,” “ministry,” or, dare I say, “political ideology?” If any of these remain more important to you than the One God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) who created and redeemed you, then they have become idols and must be placed back into a position of secondary importance to your worship of your Redeemer.
Let us find complete fulfillment in Christ. Satisfaction in Him is the certain death of idolatry in us.
God will put up with a great many things in the human heart, but there is one thing that He will not put up with in it – a second place. He who offers God a second place, offers Him no place. – John Ruskin