When we come to Jesus, we must lay down our idols. But there will be push back (vv. 21-27). Now, while idols have no power in and of themselves, they are Satan’s way of controlling people. Satan wants worship. When we are controlled by idols, whether money, sex, power, politics, or anything else, we give control of our lives over to Satan! And for the Christian, there must be no rival to Jesus: the One who saved us.
As Paul said, “gods made with hands are not gods!” (v. 26) These idols have eyes but can’t see, mouths but can’t speak, legs but can’t walk. They are nothing, yet so often we give them power over our lives. The truth is this: idols exist where Jesus is not Lord. If Jesus is Lord over us, there will be no room for idols.
But we humans love idols; we love substitutes. Why is that? I believe it’s because we feel as if God does not love us, so we take our happiness into our own hands. But Jesus alone knows what it takes to fill us. After all, it was He who made us (Acts 17:28). Translation: we were made to run on Jesus.
Praying for you, Pastor Briant