What are your functional saviors? Let me define what I mean: a functional savior is something that you look to in your everyday life to bring you some kind of temporal satisfaction or pleasure. In the 10 commandments, it went by a different name: idol.
For me, it can be greener-grass syndrome; always looking at what others have or what others do and wish I could be them. Or another one I struggle with is the lust for vacations or down time, and I don’t mean biblical sabbath. I’m referring to the American Dream mentality of rest. For others, it could be a status achievement, or a financial goal. At the end of the day, though, it’s functional but not the real thing. It’s temporary. It doesn’t last. It’s not a true Savior.
“I have been the Lord your God ever since I brought you out of Egypt. You must acknowledge no God but me, for there is no other savior. I took care of you in the wilderness, in that dry and thirsty land. But when you had eaten and were satisfied, you became proud and forgot me.” Hosea 13:4-6
Well… that hit us like a ton of bricks. But that’s a good thing. Maybe on this fine Wednesday, we all need a quick wake-up call.
Two questions for us to dialogue about in the comments section:
1) What are your functional saviors? Be honest and share. Someone here might benefit from knowing others struggle with the same idols.
2) How do you fight idolatry and push yourself to keep Jesus at the center of your life? Again, someone here might need the encouragement you could offer.
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor