Advent Reflection: What “gods” do you follow?

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Elijah approached all the people and said, “How long will you straddle the issue? If the Lord is God, follow him; if Baal, follow him.” But the people did not answer him.

I Kings 18:21

Is God the only god in your life?

Going Deeper

Read I Kings 18:21-39.

We don’t run into too many people who worship Baal these days. But a lot of us try to “straddle the issue,” dividing our attention between God and the other “gods” in our lives. Our 21st Century “gods” include money, power, self-sufficiency, recognition, career, security, and addictions. Even good things, like volunteering at church, can become “gods” if we are doing them for the wrong reason, or if they become more important than cultivating our relationship with God.

What threatens to become a “god” in your life? Write those things down on a piece of paper. Pray that God will help you keep what’s written on that paper in proper perspective. If you can do it safely, burn the piece of paper. (If you don’t have a place where you can safely burn it, cut or tear it into small pieces.) While doing this, say, “You, Lord, are my God. I will not have other gods beside you.” (Adapted from Exodus 20:2-3, Deuteronomy 5:6-7)

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