Whom (what) will you serve? This is a powerful question. Often times we don’t give it a second thought. We just navigate life, trying to make our way. In the midst of soccer, laundry, farming, hitting the time clock at work, doctor appointments, going to school plays and the business of life we actually set up idols. Mostly unaware that we’ve even done so – yet there it is … the idol called calendar, popularity, image, food, or money.
The great OT leader of Israel, Joshua, has reached the end of his life. He has seen victory and experienced defeat. He has witnessed God’s great power at work in the nation of Israel at the battles of Jericho and Gibeon. He has also seen the devastating result of disobedience and lack of trust in God the battle of Ai and the 40 year desert wandering. In his final days he reminded the Israelites of God’s provision and asked them to make a choice as to whom they would serve. Then he said these familiar and powerful words: “Now fear the LORD and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD. – Joshua 24:14-15
In gods at War, Kyle Idleman helps every believer recognize there are false gods at war within each of us, and they battle for the place of glory and control in our lives. What keeps us from truly following Jesus is that our hearts are pursuing something or someone else. While these pursuits may not be the “graven images” of old, they are in fact modern day idols. Behind the sin you’re struggling with, the discouragement you’re dealing with, the lack of purpose you’re living with is a false god that is winning the war for your heart.
According to Idleman, idolatry isn’t an issue—it is the issue.
By asking insightful questions, Idleman reveals which false gods each of us are allowing on the throne of our lives. What do you sacrifice for? What makes you mad? What do you worry about? Whose applause do you long for? We’re all wired for worship, but we often end up valuing and honoring the idols of money, sex, food, romance, success and many others that keep us from the intimate relationship with God that we desire. Using true, powerful and honest testimonies of those who have struggled in each area, gods at war illustrates a clear path away from the heartache of our 21st century idolatry back to the heart of God – enabling us to truly be completely committed followers of Jesus. [Kyle is one of the preaching & teaching pastors at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY.]
Join us at First Church of Christ on Wednesday Nights at 6:30 for the small group study, “gods at War.” We meet right along with the Wednesday night children’s program, Bible Buddies. This is a GREAT opportunity for the ENTIRE family. The kids can participate in Bible Buddies and enjoy the songs, snacks, Bible lessons and games and mom and dad can jump into this group as we go to war against the “gods” that are battling for allegiance in our life. Come as you are. Coffee and other goodies provided. We’ll have a short 15 – 20 minute video followed by relevant discussion and spot-on scripture guidance. See you this Wednesday!