Everyone has something that they love or covet a bit more than anything else. For those of you who know me, I happen to have a strong liking for the band Bon Jovi and especially for John himself.
The band has been together for years and through the years John has managed to be faithful to his wife and family. He married his high school sweet heart. He and the band have also done a lot to give back to their community. Habitat for humanity and Food for the Soul are two that I think have impacted people the most. The guys have managed to stay humble and grounded which makes me like them that much more. John coaches his kids sports teams, Tito is a painter and the money he makes on his art goes to charity. They are just wonderful people.
Over the years, I have managed to collect many of the band’s paraphernalia. I have a leather jacket that is signed by the band and the money I paid for the jacket went to Habitat for humanity. I have autographed photos, drum sticks, guitar picks and first edition rolling stone covers. That’s 30 years of collecting. All of these things have been in boxes tucked away under my bed and in my closet. Until last month that is.
My oldest daughter left for college in August and with her went all of her bedroom stuff. Which left me with an empty room to decorate. So, I dug out the boxes of my goodies and decorated the room Bon Jovi style. My husband calls it the shrine, but I look at it as a way to show off my collection.
This morning, my devotion was all about things that we make idols in our lives. My mind went to my collection. Is it an idol? I know that we are not supposed to waste our energy on worshiping these things. But, I guess I do. I was convicted. Did I take the stuff down and put them away? No. But God did use this to real me in and realign my thinking on this.
It is so easy to let things of the world come in and claim their stake on our lives. They slowly take over and push out things of God and soon we have lost focus. Our thinking is blurred and we find ourselves justifying why we do the things we do.
God says, “worship me only, I am the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, dwelling in unapproachable light.” Today I lay aside my idols and worship my King, my Lord and my friend, Jesus.