“You shall have no other gods before Me.”

Exodus 20:3

The competition in our own lives for number1 is equally as heavy. The lists can include the accumulation and love of money, career success, husbands, wives, families, sports, cars, recre- ation, golf, fishing, hunting, shopping, even church and church activities compete to be number one in our lives and when they do all sorts of ungodly things happen.

In our text today, God is saying to us as He said to the Israelites “you shall have no other gods before me.” God is serious about this command and that is why He made it the first and fore- most command. He wrote it in stone that we might love God with all our hearts, all our minds, all our strength and all of our very souls and then to love our neighbours as ourselves.

It is so very easy for us to put other things or people first in our lives and when we do God is reduced to second place, third place and often totally removed from our lives. When that happens we are a fraction of what we could be, we become less of a person that God intended for us to be and collectively we are a nation far away from God.

We must evaluate where we are with God as Number one and then ask Him to help us to make the changes to be all that we can be, all that He intends for us to be. It will not be done without Him and yet it won’t be done entirely by Him, we must make lifestyle changes to join Him in what He wants to do in our lives.

The commandment calls for a lifestyle that is dominated by our relationship to God, who we are in Christ. Our relationship to the one true God dominates every aspect of our lives, what we do, what we say what we think and how we respond to others. Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

There is much in our society that we may enjoy. But material things can also pose grave dangers when we use them uncritically. Os Guinness says that we are “free to utilize” but “forbidden to idolize.” We are “strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (Hebrews 11:13), and we must not become so enamored with “the riches of Egypt” that we grow complacent and forget our true calling.

Are we using our material blessings to serve the Lord or have we become slaves to them?

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