This morning I am preaching about the Second commandment Exodus 20:4-5, Do not make idols of any kind, whether in the shape of birds or animals or fish. 5. You must never worship or bow down to them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not share your affection with any other god! This commandment is about how we should worship God. The first commandment was about who we should worship.
The obvious title for the sermon is American Idols. We all have our idols. We all have ways in which we construct our own image of God. The whole issue is we like to have gods that do things our way. Lucifer didn’t like the way God ran the universe so he decided to make himself god. He’s been working on that idea for some time now.
How do we put God first? I’ve put together an acrostic. F.I.R.S.T. “F” stands for Focus. I have found that as I have focussed on the character of God in the preparation of my last two sermons I have been inspired to put more confidence simply because of who he has revealed Himself to be . Spend serious time reading Bible verses that talk about who He is and you will be filled with a sense of wonder and trust.
“I” stands for Identify. I identify what purpose God has for you. What spiritual gift(s) has God given you that you are to use to serve in His spiritual kingdom right here and now. Whatever your occupation or career is God’s purpose for you will give you the most satisfaction.
“R” stands for respect. We should respect God’s timetable. He is ultimately in control and He has a plan. As we pray and as we live we are to be mindful that our plans will always superseded by His plans.
“S” stands for serve others. Serving other people in some capacity is an excellent way of taking our attention off ourselves and placing it on others. Jesus came to the earth to serve and not to be served. In serving others we are living the life he would live.
“T” stands for telling others. When we tell others about what happens when we put God first it encourages others to do the same. As we talk our own belief is affirmed in what God is doing in our lives.