Don’t be Dominated by Anything
Dominated. Controlled. Conquered. Ruled. Enslaved.
It can happen easily to us, and we can choose it slowly but surely. Something in our life, possibly a good thing, becomes something we look to for security, satisfaction, and a sense of identity. It can be something harmless and even “godly” at first, but over time the idol-factory in our heart turns it into something that controls us. Can you relate?
Paul, here, is speaking mainly of sexual immorality. But there’s more. He’s speaking to a greater principle, namely that we shouldn’t be controlled by anything other than the Holy Spirit. We shouldn’t be enslaved by anything other than Christ. Our bodies shouldn’t serve anything other than God. We shouldn’t take things that are good in their proper context, like sex and food, or anything else that is technically “lawful,” and use them in a way that God did not intend or allow them to become our all-consuming desires.
We need a regular system check. We need to stop along the way of life and ask ourselves hard questions. The idol-factory works quick. It doesn’t need a long time or a lot of help in order to produce a shiny new idol in our life. But this will only lead us to despair when we realize later on that it can’t provide security, it can’t provide satisfaction, it can’t provide self-worth, and it can’t provide salvation.
Only God can do all those things.
So, let’s make it a weekly practice to take a deep look inside our hearts, and make sure good things aren’t becoming idols. Once these things have “satisfied” us a time or two (compliments, success, meals, etc.) we can easily think more is better. We need to shut down the factory before it goes into over-production.
What has the potential to dominate your thoughts?
What has the potential to become the “provider” of your security, satisfaction, and sense of self-worth?
What dominates your life right now? Is it anything other than the Holy Spirit?
By: Sam Cirrincione