I love blogging plain and simple, I love the outfits, the inspiration, and the encouragement I get from reading other people’s blogs. But there can be something really dangerous about it as well. There are two different types of idolizing someone, the 2nd kind more dangerous than the first.
Idolizing Believers can be harder to separate as good or bad. There are so many good things that can be taken away from modeling some else’s life. Even Paul commands the Corinthian believers to imitate him. “Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ.”1 So we know for sure that imitating a good solid believer can be a very good thing. But there is a danger in the previous chapter of Corinthians Paul warns them to “flee from idolatry.” Our God is a jealous God and we must give Him the respect and glory that He deserves (which is all of it!) So while it is good to look up to and emulate others we must not let them become idols in our lives.
Also while we might have other believers who live a godly life, we have a much better example right at our fingertips. 1 Corinthians 11:1 goes on to say, “…just as I also am of Christ.” Paul was imitating the perfect example, and I believe we should do this as well. Christ came and lived a perfect life and then selflessly died on the cross for our sins. His entire life is the perfect example for us to follow. We as Christians are literally ‘little Christs’ So let’s live by His example.
Another even more dangerous path to go down is idolizing unbelievers. A couple months ago I found myself addicted to watching unbelievers youtube videos and reading their blog posts. If I’m going to be honest, I thought more about them then I did God. What an awful statement! I checked their youtube pages every morning and evening hoping that there was a new upload. I was seriously addicted. I let an unbelieving couple become my inspiration. In my worldly perspective, I wanted to be like them. I wanted the fancy cars and the nice house and the social media following. My mindset was completely wrong. So I turned to my favorite chapter in the Bible, Psalm 73.
“Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart! But as for me, my feet came close to stumbling, my steps had almost slipped. For I was envious of the arrogant as I saw the prosperity of the wicked…until I came into the sanctuary of God; then I perceived their end…For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; you have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You. But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all Your works.”
As I write this I am so convicted of this in my life. I let my mind wander from the truth. I turned away from my God to chase the things that “looked good at the moment.” But when we come to God we have clean hearts and are changed forever. The nearness of God is my good and I have the Lord God my refuge. How often can we correctly say that? How often are we fully satisfied with our Lord?
Our God is a good God and when His children go astray He will lead them back to Him. Praise God that He pulls us back into His arms. Matthew 18:12-14 comes to mind when I think of this. We have such a great shepherd. “So it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones perish.”
Prayer is one of the best ways to rid yourself of these things. Focusing on our good God is a great way to realign your life with God’s will. We all grow and we all struggle, but we thank the Lord for His mercies are new every morning!
Redeemed By the King
- 1 Corinthians 11:1