Let’s all take one step back for a minute, look at our individual lives and ask ourselves this question: what are we serving?
Have you thought of your answer? You may have several, like your family and friends, maybe your church or your favorite ministry. Maybe what you serve is an ideal, a dream of world peace or something like that. Maybe you serve yourself, your personal need for happiness or fulfillment. Whatever you serve, just remember this: God needs to be first. And if anything else is hindering your relationship with God in any way, it needs to go. It is an idol.
What is your idol? Is it a career, music, money, entertainment, a celebrity, your wife or family, a house, a feeling, a cause, a lifestyle? No matter what it is, it is sucking the very life out of you. Instead of indulging in it, worshiping it, we must learn to hate it. We must hate everything in us that gets in the way of our relationship with God. He is too precious not to give everything for.
Lately, I’ve been losing interest in certain things like movies, tv, video games and music. They just don’t give me any pleasure like they used to. And I think it’s a good thing; I’m glad because of it. But I feel kind of empty right now. I hope that the LORD will fill me up soon, give me a direction and a purpose. I need only Him.
“Put on sackcloth and lament, O priests;
wail, O ministers of the altar.
Go in, pass the night in sackcloth,
O ministers of my God!
Because grain offering and drink offering
are withheld from the house of your God.”–Joel 1:13