5 Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, 6 “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.” – Luke 21:5-6 NIV
David Guzik talks about how the temple was the centre of life for the Jews, speaking against the temple could even be considered blasphemy. It radiated magnificence, covered in gold plates that were blinding to look at when the sun shone on them. However, as great as it was, Jesus never hesitated to claim that He was greater.
Admiring the temple in itself was not wrong, but the Jews had begun to idolise the temple; it meant more to them than God Himself did.
“Good things can become the worst idols” – David Guzik
The past four years I have been the Film and Television Coordinator at a prominent Anglican College on the Gold Coast. Recently I have made the decision to resign, as I believe God is calling me into a different season of my life. If I am being completely honest, God has been calling me out of this position for a little longer than I would like to admit. I can only put my extensive delay down to the fact that I put so much of my identity and worth into my employment.
I still have a few weeks left before I leave and there are days I wonder if I am making the right decision. Nevertheless, those feelings come from a place of letting my job mean more to me than God Himself. What I am accomplishing in this position is good, but it has become an idol in my life and maybe part of what God wants to teach me in this new season is the renewing of my identity in Him.
God, show me areas in my life where I have put other idols above you.