This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.

Scripture reference: Romans 12:2 (ESV)


Today, I am thinking about the many shades of idolatry.

In this series, we’ve been studying Solomon’s missteps. His first misstep was when he allowed the influences of this world to pull him further and further away from God. His next misstep came when he allowed his heart to become divided. He ended up doing things God’s way one day and his way the next.

His ultimate misstep was when he allowed idolatry to creep into and take over his life. We know that shortly after Solomon was named king, his number one priority was to build God’s temple. Solomon took constructing God’s temple seriously, only hiring the most skilled laborers and only purchasing the finest building materials.

Once the temple was built, Solomon offered several thousand sacrifices, and he knelt before everyone to dedicate the new temple. Yet shortly thereafter, Solomon started to build his own house. It took him seven years to build the temple for God, but it took him thirteen years to build his house, which ended up being larger than the temple. Even though Solomon started out with the highest intentions, over time, idolatry crept in.

We see that idolatry has many shades—that desire to have the most and the finest. We can even idolize others and their opinions of us. Let us be conscious of the many shades of idolatry by remembering these words: “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” Romans 12:2 (ESV)

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So today, don’t let anything become more important to you than God.