The Bible is a big book.
It can be overwhelming.
Have you ever tried to wade through it, thinking, “What does God really want from me?”
I have good news. We don’t have to guess about what God really wants from us.
There are pivotal pieces of Scripture all throughout God’s Word that tell us plainly what He wants.
When God freed Israel from Egypt, He did so with the intent of building a special relationship with this nation. God’s desire to save the world through a Messiah would eventually be played out in the context of this “special people”.
So when Israel was out of Egypt’s grasp, God called Moses up Mount Sinai. It is there that He would make plain to Israel how they were to interact with Him and each other. This was a pivotal moment in their history, in the story of salvation, and the history of the world.
What God said first tells us a lot!
The God of All Creation said,
“You shall have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:3)
No other gods. None. Not one.
- Was this God that came down to the mountain insecure? Nope.
- Was this God jealous? Yes. But not in the immature way you and I think of it.
So, why is this the first commandment?
God knows who He is.
- God is completely unique in His nature. He is limitless, completely holy throughout. He’s not like us.
- This God came down to speak with Moses in order to establish a special relationship with Israel.
- God knows that if we follow Him, and actually do what He says, life (and eternity) will go so much better!
- He is the only being who can truly, confidently, say, “My way is best for you. Don’t follow anyone else.”
God knows who we are.
- God knows our hearts, how impatient and unfaithful we can be.
- He knows we’re going to be quick to nod our heads in agreement and quick to wander away.
- God knows that we need clear instruction. How many other “gods” before Him? Zero. Nada. Nunca. None.
So, how are you doing with this? Do you worship any other “gods”?
I know, I know. You don’t have a little statue you pray to. That’s probably not the “god” you’re in danger of worshiping.
But the reality is that anything that rules our hearts and minds is a rival for the One True God.
How about “the big three”?
We all know people who serve these “gods”. And we’re all tempted to.
But what about the more subtle “gods”?
- Your career
- Your health
- Your hobby
- Your kids
I know those are all good things. And you should pay attention to them.
But look, anything that we allow to sit on the throne of our hearts, where only He should sit, is our “god”.
God wants to be first in your heart, mind and life.
God called to Israel (and us) with a clear voice. He called them into an exclusive relationship.
Just as your spouse doesn’t want to be the “first of many loves”, our God doesn’t either.
The Lord, our God, wants all of your relationships, your decisions, everything about you, to come under the leadership of His Lordship. The good news is that as we submit all of this to Him, we are more blessed than we ever could be by running our lives without Him occupying the throne of our hearts.
In short, God wants you! He wants an exclusive relationship with you. All of you.