Why Should I Keep From Idols?

Why Should I Keep From Idols?

Little children, keep yourselves from idols. – 1 John 5:21

Check out last week’s sermon here.

The simplest of words can initiate an action.

“Stop!!” screamed from a father to his little child as she steps from the curb to the street. She stops.
“Touchdown!” coming from the commentator on your car radio as the beloved team scores the game winning score. The driver and passengers rejoice.
Or how about, “Peace! Be still!” as the Savior commands molecules and weather patterns to shift as His word? The storm is calmed and the sea becomes glass.
Or, “Light, be!” as God commands out of nothing our existence. The galaxies flash into form and fall before God.

But as Pastor Mike shared Sunday, those commands, without something girding them up (like the shaft of a spear to its spearhead), lose their weight and meaning. Here are two examples. The father’s, “Stop!!” command with its tenor and tone is built upon time spent with his daughter. He then can tell her in one word that what she is about to do must cease immediately. Second example, the words of Jesus to the waves are not so much powerful because they are words but because of the powerful God/Man/King/Savior who speaks those words. Jesus, who never fails, can speak a word and the word will be fulfilled. There is more to the “Stop!!” than “stop” that stops, and there is more to “Peace! Be still!” than simple words resulting in a calm sea.

So, when John tells me to keep from idols, he spends an entire letter to reveal the faithful God who is SO MUCH BETTER than X idol (X = security, power, sex, food, or a god that I create in my own mind, etc.).

If you find yourself (now or later) running after an idol, and a brother or sister warns saying, “Keep away from that thing.” If you doubt and ask, “Why?” Read the below list with the letter of 1 John in hand and go before the Lord in prayer, asking him to give you clarity on why you shouldn’t run to that idol.

If you find yourself in a conversation with a guy or gal who is running (or thinking of running) from the living God and after an idol. Everything in your heart may cry to them, “Run from that idol!” And, if they ask you, “Why?” Read through the below list and 1 John with them, and beg the Lord to open eyes to see how the greatness of God’s love shines out those idols who have no love for their worshipper.

Top 10 Reasons to Keep Yourself from Idols*

10. Because God is Life (1 John 1:1-4).
9. Because God is Light (1 John 1:5).
8. Because Jesus is our Advocate (1 John 2:1).
7. Because hope in Him abides forever (1 John 2:15-17).
6. Because there are imposters everywhere (1 John 2:18-27).
5. Because God is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).
4. Because God is love (1 John 4:7-9).
3. Because God has given us eternal life (1 John 5:11).
2. Because we can actually talk to God and be heard by Him (1 John 5:13-15).
1. Because God is true (1 John 5:20).

*This list is shared from the sermon preached by Pastor Mike on October 10, 2021. I encourage you to listen here.

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