“Remember these things, Jacob, for you, Israel, are my servant. I have made you, you are my servant; Israel, I will not forget you. 22 I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”
God said that we should serve our Creator. Idolaters do the opposite, they serve and worship the things that they have made instead of worshiping the one who created us. The reason why I bring this up is because the season of Christmas is upon us all. Instead of people being grateful for what they have and cherish the love the Lord has for each and everyone of us, everyone wants to fight their neighbors to get a better deal on something to buy that they do not need. I think about these things and it hurts my heart because there are many people around the world that have nothing and are grateful for what they do have. They are grateful just to have a meal or some clean water to drink.
People during this season get themselves into debt. They worship the “almighty credit card” not realizing that they are sinning. Their first sin is lust, they are coveting their neighbors wanting to have the best of everything even though they do not need it. I blame a bit of this because of the commercials now of days that promote black friday deals and having the best of everything or even promoting if you love someone they need multiple diamonds to know it. What we have become as a society scares me. The second sin is pride. I say this because people justify their actions by saying “they deserve the best of everything.” That is a very slippery slope my friends! People put their love in things that we have created that can never love us back.
Our Heavenly Father paid the price to set us free from our sins against Him. He did not have to do this, but did it because He loved us and wanted to restore our relationship with Him. If you think about this, what idol can create us? What idol can love us? What idol can redeem us from our sins? The answer is simple, none can! However, Jesus was sent to wash away our sins because God wanted to sweep away our transgressions so we can find true love again. What an amazing Father we all have to do this for us when we do not deserve it. Since this huge sacrifice was made for us, it is up to us to do the right thing! Some of you will continue to worship idols, but I chose to worship my God. I pray that everyone sits back and thinks about this short lesson and make sure your priorities in life are correct. Do not forget God, because He never forgets you!