You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you. (Deu 6:14)
Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish. (Deu 8:19)
Little children, keep yourselves from idols. (1 Joh 5:21)
What is an idol? An idol can be a statue, a god or deity, a symbol, a hero, or an obsession. Hollywood and movie industry stars can be idols for people, as can a certain model of a car, or a favorite brand of watch or any number of other things.
The key is, what is the most important thing in life to you? What do you talk about the most? What do you think about and dream of daily? Around what are your goals centered? Are you determined to achieve riches and fame? Influence? Do you dream of becoming a political influencer?
Any of these things, and more, can become idols in a person’s life. But God’s Word warns us strongly to stay away from these things. Therefore, we need to take stock of our thoughts and to acknowledge what we value in our hearts.
A follower of Jesus would value their relationship with their Savior more highly than any other thing in their lives. Equally, Jesus’ followers would highly value the Word of God. And of course, we also choose to honor and to consistently obey the teachings of the Bible.
We may each joyfully pursue our relationship with our Lord, and endeavor to mature in faith in our Redeemer. Life is all about Him—not about us. Our true hero is Jesus Christ, our Savior. Glory to God!