Is God Truly The Only One You Worship?
Recently I sat down on a very beautiful morning and thought, “If I was stripped of everything- friends, family, achievements, and belongings, would I be happy with having just myself and God alone?”
My honest answer was “No, I wouldn’t be happy and my self-esteem would probably drop to the barest minimum. I do not know if I’d survive being a 21st-century Job.” This is the case for many of us but the question is, why? Is Jesus not supposed to be our everything? Are we not made to be content with just Him? Shouldn’t our sense of purpose and fulfillment come from Him alone?
We all know this in theory but that day in my self-reflection I realized I did not truly believe those things. I had become so attached to the things I owned that they became mini gods whom I worshipped. For me, my gods were the achievements I earned. I realized I had made these things my source of happiness and fulfillment that they were beginning to replace God in my life. For others, their gods may be family, a relationship, material things, status, career, or just about anything but the true God.
Whatever it might be, it is definitely not healthy for our spiritual well being. Further, it is a sin against God as the new commandment states, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and might.” Note that the commandment says all not some. This means God should not be competing with anything for the first place in our lives.
This is an area of spirituality that is not easy to confront but it is not an issue that can be left unaddressed. Here are a few things we can do to take a step in correcting this flaw in our Christian walk.
Prayer is the answer to all of our questions. This issue is a struggle between our flesh that yearns for the things of the world and our spirit that longs for God. Jesus told his disciples in the garden of Gethsemane something similar when he said, “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, pray that you might not fall into temptation.”
We need to pray for strength. It is not by our power that we overcome, but by the sufficient grace of God. In order to be free from this, we need to pray a specific prayer asking God to take away from us anything that is replacing Him in our lives. Of course, that’s hard because when He does take away those things, it may be painful. Our flesh may cry out in rebellion and we may continue to have cravings for that thing. We may even relapse and go back to it. Whatever happens, it’s important to keep praying for grace and keep in mind that though it may be tough, God loves you. He would never do anything to hurt you nor would He let you go through anything His grace won’t cover you through. Ultimately your spiritual state is more important than the way you feel and sooner than later you’d lose the desire for those things.
As you are led, have an accountability partner that you trust can help you monitor your progress. This can work for things like relationships, certain habits, or material possessions. Being accountable to someone can help you get in check. Do this as you’re led by the Holy Spirit and be certain that the person is a dedicated Christian as well who understands your journey, won’t judge you, and won’t hesitate to correct you with love when you miss the mark.
Having a Heart of Sacrifice
The same way Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac whom he waited 90 years for, we to should be also willing to lay down the things dearest to our hearts. Sacrifice can come in many forms like giving it up completely or simply choosing to put less time, effort, or worth into it. A sacrifice is not a sacrifice unless it hurts or cost you something. It is between you and God and it proves to Him that even though you love and value something (or someone), you don’t love and value it more than you do Him.
Praying for all our readers that in this year God becomes the number one in your life and that He alone is enough for you. I pray that you’re filled with the strength and grace to let go of anything or anyone that threatens his number one place in your life. Amen!
Staff Writer at Christian En Vogue
Ize Anumah is a twenty year old medical student from Nigeria. She loves to write and she cannot think of a better person to write about than Jesus! She is passionate about encouraging young women because she truly believes that a woman in Christ can change the world!
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