Four questions and a fifth one as a concluding thought. Here are the questions along with a thought about each one:
- Who do you love?
That question seems simple enough. Since I asked this on a religious blog, you know the answer was God, Christ, Church, or maybe your spouse. But then again, there are other things that we love. Answer question number 2 to really see who you love?
- What is your focus?
Paul says in Phi 4:8 that there are thing worth focusing on that are not a waste of time. He says to consider things that are true, honorable, lovely, just, pure, commendable, of excellence, and worthy of praise.
Stop for a long moment, what do you spend most of your time doing? Do you focus on entertainment, business, sports, family, or self? What you spend time with is your focus, and I dare say your focus on what or who you love. Who you love and what you focus on determines your answer to question three:
- Who (what) do you worship?
One definition of an idol is anything that takes the place of God in our priorities. In modern western culture we can list a few idols quickly: entertainment, self, money, sexuality, and sports.
Some of these even have temples (stadiums/auditoriums/coliseums ), high priests (stars / athletes), vestments (uniforms), congregants/devotees (fans), rituals (foods, music, seventh inning stretch, etc.), and sacrifice (price of admission / donations to scholarship funds). Who do you worship?
- Now, what will we do?
James says to put away the things of the world (Jas 4:4-10) and to flee from the devil and cling to God. Can I put away my idol(s)? Will I?
Joshua challenged Israel with the following words, “choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Josh 24:15)
The fifth question is:
What is your choice?