Is Jesus number one in my life? I might say he is and I may portray that on the outside, but is he really? What other idols have I set up in my heart that are sitting right next to Jesus? Family, money, control, worry. ‘Dagons’ come in many forms.
Here’s the thing though, God’s presence, the Ark, should have bought blessing to the Philistines. That’s what happened years later when the Ark was moved to Obed-Edom’s house (see 2 Samuel 6:11). Instead the Ark bought tumours and death. Why? What was different?
God wasn’t first.
And that happens in my life too. It’s Jesus, but also family. Jesus, but also money. Jesus, but also my sin of choice. I have invited Jesus into my heart where I expect him to co-exist with Dagon. And then I wonder why blessing and answers to prayer don’t come!
Lord help me remember that you told me to not have any other God but you. Help me do the hard heart work – to tear down and break up the idols in my life. To make you Jesus, first. Amen
Written by Boudy Van Noppen