Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Such Foolishness

But as you have seen and heard, this man Paul has persuaded many people that handmade gods aren't really gods at all. And he's done this not only here in Ephesus but throughout the entire province!  Acts 19:26

Have you ever been reading and just have certain words jump off the page at you?  It happens to me all the time!  I usually highlight or underline these words as I come across them in my Bible.  I want to notice them the next time I read those verses.  In the passage above, the phrase that jumped out to me was, "handmade gods.

Paul got into trouble in Ephesus because he was messing with someone's livelihood by preaching the Gospel. 

Demetrius was a silversmith who earned a living by manufacturing silver shrines of the Greek goddess Artemis.  Paul was showing the people that these statues weren't really gods, and Demetrius didn't like it.  If the people came to know the Living God, they would no longer need to purchase these shrines to a false god.  The thing that I find really funny is that Demetrius himself called these statues, "handmade gods." 

Handmade gods

 I doubt there's anyone reading this that would look at this pile of junk and decide that it was a god, worthy to be worshiped.  But don't we all have "junk" in our lives, things made by our own hands, that we do worship?  Maybe it's the bank account that "we" worked so hard to build up, or it's the shiny new car "we" bought for ourselves.  Perhaps we get really excited about the new clothes "we" just purchased or degree "we" worked hard to obtain. 

Such Foolishness

"We" may have played some part in these things, but the Bible tells us that every good and perfect gift is from above. (James 1:17)  It's absolute foolishness to worship what we have rather than the One who gave these things to us. 

They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen.  Romans 1:25

Are you giving more attention and devotion to things than to God? 

Do you have any handmade gods in your life? 

Many blessings,

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  1. Great insight Lisa! I love it when those verses just wrap around our hearts and get our attention like that.

    I think we're all guilty of placing overdue emphasis on the "junk" in our lives now and again... I know I certainly have. As you noted, it's truly foolishness to worship or praise what we have instead of our Heavenly Father who granted us those Blessings in the first place.

    Great post!

    Have a Blessed Day my Friend!!

  2. Great post, Lisa! Sounds like God is teaching both of us about the same thing. Less junk - more God! Glad to found your blog. Stay blessed!

  3. Beth Moore said it nicely in my devotions today, "Success is obedience to God, not results we can measure." So many times I find myself taking too much pride in(or making an idol out of) my measurable successes, but God is just looking for my obedience to what He has called me to do! Great post!

  4. Great post, Lisa. The things we sometimes make the mistake of "worshiping" won't last and definitely wont save us. I agree with Jenifer...more God!

  5. Hi Lisa - great post to encourage us to go and stock take. Get rid of the junk and like Jenifer says, more of God
    God bless

  6. Love, love this Lisa! Love the analogy to the "junk!" Yes, it's junk but we sometimes "worship" that junk. I think anything we put before Jesus, is junk and Jesus thinks it is too. Great encouragement!

  7. Lisa,

    Love this! It is so easy to fall into the trap of worshipping other gods, even the god of junk. I love what Kelli said, that anything we put before God is just junk, and Jesus thing so too.

    Blessings to you Lisa.

  8. As I was reading this, I was thinking of Thailand, where I just returned from. Then when I saw the pile, it went straight to my heart and convicted me. We have to be aware of what we make our idols! Thanks for linking up with On Your Heart Tuesdays