Good morning, beautiful people. Do you know what time it is? That’s right, it’s Sunday Morning Word time. Today’s poem comes from Jefferson Bethke again (see “Why I Hate Religion but Love Jesus” here), and it is titled “Counterfeit Gods.”
We as Christians know that our God is a jealous God, and he doesn’t want anything worshiped above him. Of course, we all worship and love God our father, but truth of the matter is everyone, at one point or another, has a counterfeit god or idol in his or her life. When I say counterfeit god, I don’t mean Buddha, or Ra, or Zeus—pretty much any pagan god—we know not to worship those man-made idols. I mean something that you would least expect to have so much control over your life. For example, when you say that you can’t live without your cell phone, do you know what you’re truly saying? Remember, the Bible says, “Death and life are in power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). What we say with our mouths often reveal the true nature of our hearts. That’s why the Bible says that “if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised him from the dead, you shall be saved” (Romans 10:9). There’s a song the praise and worship team at my church sings called “Can’t Live” by Genita Pugh, and it goes like this: “I can’t live, I can’t breathe, I can’t move without you in my life. I can’t go on, Jesus. This is my song, Jesus. I can’t nothing if I don’t have you.” For those of you who love your iPhone so much, you can replace Jesus with iPhone in that song.
You may think all this “loving your phone over God” sounds ridiculous, but pay attention to your reaction when something of yours, something you like, or even someone is taken from you. Do you think that is something a God fearing person, a follower of Christ would do? Remember that God is the owner, and we’re just the managers. The things we think we own here on earth—money, phone, car, shoes, clothing, house, etc.—we can’t take them to heaven with us (Matt. 6:19-21). We can’t even take our spouses (Mat. 22:29-30), so be mindful when you say that your husband or wife is your everything. Don’t find yourself facing a dilemma where you have to choose between your stuff or Jesus. That should never come up. Jesus should always be first. Jesus said, “everyone who has LEFT houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields [insert anything or anyone that you may love or “worship” a little too much] for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life” (Matt. 19:29).
That was my word for the day. On to the poem!