1 Corinthians 10:13–14 (NKJV) 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
Addiction is the purest form of idolatry. When we hear the word addiction our minds instantly go to illegal drugs, alcohol, and other substances. We can also attach other words to addiction that may not come to mind instantly. How about the terms success, power, fame, money, food, lying, there are, of course, many more. If we have been changed by the Lord, there should be one thing we are addicted to, Christ and Christ alone. Keep Yourselves From Idols I love the way John writes because he is simplistic enough for a guy like me to understand, yet profound in his message. In 1 John 5:21 he delivers the most simplistic way we can avoid idols… (21) Little children, keep yourselves from idols… If you are prone to alcohol, keep yourself from bars and restaurants that sell such beverages. Same deal with drugs, if you have friends that use drugs, it is best to avoid hanging out with them. That may sound like a harsh statement, but it is true. Idols can be anything that takes your attention away from God, if those friends lead you away from God, it is time to find new friends. Life Addicted To Christ What does life addicted to Christ look like? Coincidentally, it looks a lot like yesterday’s devotional. A life addicted to Christ is full of study, listening to His word, prayer, and time spent with like-minded believers. Jesus says in John 14:15... (15) “If you love Me, keep My commandments." If we put God first, we must follow His commandments. 1 John 5:3 reminds us... (3) For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome… If we love God, His commandments are not burdensome. Non-believers may look at God’s commandments and think they are burdensome, but to a believer, they shouldn’t be. Put God First Some of the things that become idols are not inherently bad, it is simply the importance we place upon them. Money used in the right manner can feed the needy, provide shelter in third-world countries, and it can spread the Gospel. Fame can be used to push God’s message to every corner of the globe. It is when we place anything above God that they become problematic. Closing Thoughts: When we truly put God first and adhere to His commandments, the cares of this world seem to fade away. I understand completely the impact addiction of any kind can have on a life. If you are struggling with any form of addiction, seek the appropriate attention needed, but also make sure you put God in His rightful place in your life. God has great plans for each of His children! Is it time for you to start living life completely sold-out for Christ? Matthew 6:33 (NKJV) 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.