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Idolatry (A life without boundaries)

Idolatry (A life without boundaries)

Some people are under the misconception that a life without boundaries - a life without rules is to be desired. The truth is boundaries give us freedom, and a lack of boundaries makes our lives a chaotic free for all, where we end up living in fear.

I read an account of an elementary school with a large grassy play area for the children with a playground, ball fields, and all of it surrounded by a chain link fence. The children played freely and happily in this yard, with the liberty that safety and security give us to relax and be happy and free. Everyday one could see the children playing happily throughout the entire schoolyard, right up to the fence, without fear.

One day some people came along, and said, “How awful! Look at that chain link fence! Those children must feel like prisoners. Let’s take the fence down.” And so they did, only to discover that afterwards the children played only in one clump, huddled together in the middle of the yard – no longer free to play about as they desired.

God doesn’t give us boundaries to take away our joy. He gives them to us, because He knows what is best for us, and He knows what will help us to live our best life - a free and peaceful life that order brings and with it safety and security.

All of us as humans have a void inside us that can only be truly satisfied by inviting God to be a part of our lives. Most people say, “I live a good life. I live by the ten commandments.” But do they really? God gave us the ten commandments as a boundary that would give us our liberty, joy, peace, safety and security.

The first commandment says: “You must not have any other god but me.

And the second commandment states: “You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands."

Idolatry is attempting to find satisfaction in anything other than God. Idolatry is putting anything in your life as of greater importance than your relationship with God. Sometimes we even can make good things into idols, like our marriages, another person, or striving after money.

One of the most common and overt human experiences is the inability to be completely satisfied. Whatever we grip to bring us satisfaction is a lie – unless it is Christ. If what you are gripping isn’t Christ, it’s the worst kind of cheater. The kind that appears as a friend but secretly steals your treasures with no remorse.