The Bible asks us to be “the salt of the earth and light of the world” implying an expectation to go and shine Christ in careers, business and relationships. This should only be in the context of God remaining always as our source and our jobs and interactions offering another ministry service opportunity. Our obedience to God cannot therefore be subservient to any other obedience; laziness and sloth are typified as abominable acts … and excellence in the market becomes a powerful evangelistic lever.
The saints model work-place victory against formidable odds to prove that God is indeed greater in us than he that rages against us in the world. Many do need to repent and redeem their debt of ministry service in their career place. However, Wikipedia defines an idol as “an image or other material object representing a deity to which religious worship is addressed or any person or thing regarded with blind admiration, adoration, or devotion.” The children of Israel had only just barely crossed the Red Sea when they began to dance around a golden calf … product of an inclination that did not drown with the might Egyptian army.
Exo 32:8 They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them: they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
There are three suggested symptoms that help to discover an idol. Also an idol to one is not necessarily universally an idol to all and corrections of idolatry differ. Prayers, hearing God for yourself and divine interventions are often required to effect self-correction, separations or throwing down of images.
- Prevalence of sinful practise ... whether corporate, personal, known or concealed is the surest way to uncover that an idol is being worshipped albeit indirectly … even if that idol is self. We soon become what we tolerate and live with for long.
- Absence of God … God will not share His throne. He reigns in indisputable majesty and will not negotiate His authority with dagons. The absence of grace and the joy of the Lord is the absence of the Lord. The sense of frustration arising from conflict with unshared divine values can also be indicative of presence of an idol demanding worship. When our assignments in a place end and God demands relocation - refusing to obey can cause situations when we discern His absence.
- Dependence on flesh… There are many who wondered whether they could survive without their dream career or ministry…especially when they have tasted trappings at the peak. These cling to positions and operate from a strong fear of loss … soon they forge strange alliances in a search for popularity and unknowingly become drowned in intrigue. Aaron had no plans to erect a golden calf - the demand to cope or just “get along” soon produced an idol.
Many have abandoned their careers and divinely ordained dreams prematurely out of ignorance, unfaithfulness, pride and impatience. Still we must trust God and not men to bring us to His expected end by His powerful arm… in His own time and way. There can be divine detours and need for different exposures and learnings that only God - the architect of our destiny can know …and men may not always understand.
If you discern a “golden calf” … a dream, entity, aspiration or object for which you have a very strong admiration that causes you to bring out a heathen mask in a dance which you sense your God will not be proud of, then recall the sad consequences that befell the people of Israel when they acted likewise.
Exo 32:35 And the LORD plagued the people, because they made the calf, which Aaron made.
1Jn_5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.
2Co_6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people
Lord, Keep us away from idols. Amen