“Put away the foreign gods...”

            Imagine with me the following scene:  It’s Sunday morning, in your own church, and the pastor is preaching a long sermon.  Let’s “hear” what some of your brothers and sisters are probably thinking:

John--”I just want to know when the pastor is going to finish. I want to watch my football game!”

Maritza--”I still don’t’ have a job!  I don’t have money, and I do not know how I am going to pay the mortgage.”

Carlos-- “Man, I’ve got to buy that Corvette!”

Lucille--”What a beautiful dress Susan brought today!”

Elizabeth-- “Oh my poor baby! He is home sick, my house is a mess and I am here wasting my time.”

            Scenes like these are repeated every Sunday in a church near you.  Our bodies might be in the building, but our hearts and minds are somewhere else.  These thoughts that crowd our minds must be expelled at once!  If we let them roam around, they will become idols, foreign gods that will attempt to control our beings.

            The Bible clearly says that we must,

            “…take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).

            God is our only Lord and Master.  Put away all the idols all the time.  When you are worshipping in your church, make sure that in your heart and mind there is only one thought, one desire and one king:

            Jesus Christ.

            A. G.

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