Who or What is Your God?
This is a question that gets asked in our house around this time of year, usually by my wife, when I have sat myself down in front of the television and there are things that need to be done. See we are now a couple of weeks into the College Football Season and the Pro Football Season (well, not this year, but soon, I hope) and I love college/pro football. It is not unusual for me to record maybe two games at the same time as I am watching another one. So far I have resisted the enticement of participating in Fantasy Football where you can create your own team and track how they do all season long. Maybe when I retire and have more time I will do this. The point is with football games on Thurs, Saturday, Sunday and Monday and with a DVR recording device, I can watch a new game every day and sometimes 2 or 3 on a given day.
It is obvious that as I do this I am not doing much of anything else. Add to that I receive and read the USA today on Friday with its extensive coverage of both College and Pro Football. Now you can see that this is a fair question, who or what is my God? And it is an important question. It is so important that this is the very first commandment that God gave to Moses. “You Shall have no other Gods before Me” (Ex 20:3) When I talk to people about the ten commandments I often make the point that I think the first commandment is one that we struggle with a great deal and maybe it is the one we break most often. I think I am not alone in that thought, for Jesus speaks about this commandment to people.
In Luke 16:1-13 Jesus tells us a parable about a dishonest manager. There is a lot in that parable but among the most interesting things Jesus says is the conclusion of the parable in verse 13. Jesus says; “No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” This is pretty straightforward and easily understood. It is a statement that causes each of us to think about what is the most important thing in our life. In the course of life and what is important, I know that football is not the most important thing in life. What is the most important thing is my relationship with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
But even though I know that, and I am guessing that you know that as well, there are still times when keeping this commandment is difficult. There is an old saying, Show me your checkbook and I’ll tell you where your heart is. We do struggle with this issue, and money, as Jesus pointed out, is one of the areas in which we struggle. We can learn from this parable about how distracting money can be, as it was for the dishonest manager; he took care of his monetary needs to the sacrifice of his eternal needs.
Where do we want to spend eternity? Our money will not do us any good when we leave this world. A man asked John D. Rockefeller’s attorney after John died, how much did John take with him, the attorney wisely answered, none. The commandment is wise and Jesus is wise to point this out to all of us. God and God alone, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, is to be Number 1 in our lives.
God of all grace, mercy and love, you are God and God alone. May I never lose sight of that simple fact, may I always put you first in my life, knowing that you are providing for me all that I need for this life and for my eternal life. I give thanks and praise to you for this. Let me learn from Jesus and follow him and his advice always. In Jesus’ most precious and holy name I pray. Amen.