No other gods

Most Christians are familiar with the ten commandments. It was the original law that God gave Moses. Ten laws that were written with the hand of God. Many times we focus on the commandments such as "thou shalt not steal," and "thou shalt not kill." It is rare that we focus on the first. It would seem that it does not hold much relevance to us in the modern age. If it is not already running through your mind, the first commandment is, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." -Exodus 20:3

As Christians, we may think that we have that commandment covered. We don’t follow another religion; Jesus is the only one we name as God. But the outright worship of a "god" is not the only application that can be made from this verse. We often participate in worshiping gods that we don’t really think of as gods. Making something a god isn’t necessarily bowing down to it, mumbling magic words, or putting out a plate of food for it. Making something a god is simply putting it in the place of God.

I know many times in my own life I have put my own desires before God. I have chosen reading a favorite book, or playing a video game, or going on a social media site instead of doing what God would have me do. In a sense, I made an activity or hobby my god, and gave it the worship and honor that only Christ deserves. There is nothing wrong with having fun, but when that fun begins to take over, and you seek after it before you seek after God, it’s a problem.
I would like to encourage you, serve God alone. Don’t allow anything, however wholesome it may be, to take the place God alone should have.

"And ye shall serve the LORD your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee." -Exodus 23:25

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