To Serve a Trivial God by guest blogger Delia Latham
II Peter 2:19 (NIV)—They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity—for “people are slaves to whatever has mastered them.”
This scripture always gives me an unpleasant, scary little chill—right up my spine and into my soul. While rejoicing in the “perfect law of liberty,” it’s so easy to become enslaved…and not even realize it until the shackles are so tight there’s no hope of freedom.
Have I allowed something other than God the role of “master” in my life? What am I “addicted” to—so caught up in that I can’t imagine giving it up? How many of us are enslaved by things so trivial it’s laughable to think of them as “master” of anyone?
But they are.
Think about these things:
- Refusing to attend any kind of function on certain nights of the week—even a church service—because it would mean missing a particular television program. (Has television in general, or even a specific program, become the master you serve?)
- Hesitating to testify to or in front of others because they might think you fanatical or just weird. (Has pride become your god?)
- Refusing to be anywhere longer than a certain length of time because it’s too long to survive without coffee/soda/cigarettes/food. (Are you a slave to the demands of your body?)
- Missing out on time with family and friends because you can’t pull yourself away from a computer game. (Ruled by a cyber-master? This one can be true even if what you’re doing on the computer is job-related…or simple social networking that becomes all-consuming.)
I could keep listing things, but…if you’ve given something in your life “god status,” you’ve already bulleted it in. What it boils down to is this: Allowing ourselves to become dominated by anything in this life, other than God Himself, puts us in the position of making that all-important thing our Master—and our god. When that happens, we’ve thrown away our liberty in Christ, picked up a pair of shackles and closed them around our own wrists—becoming bound to trivialities. A slave to whatever has mastered us.
How wonderful to know that we don’t have to be a slave to anything! If we truly dwell in the perfect liberty Christ purchased on Calvary and keep God at the top of our priority list, trivialities can never enslave us.
Heavenly Father, You are the only Master I want to serve. Please keep me reminded of the danger of imprisoning myself again, pulling a cell door closed behind me…by allowing trivial things to take over my life. Help me to keep You always first, at the top of my priority list. You are my Master…my Savior…my God, and I want to serve only You. I ask for Your guidance in every area of my existence, and for Your wisdom to know when I’m in danger of losing the freedom for which You paid the ultimate price to anything that—in comparison to my soul—is nothing more than a triviality. Help me to keep You, and You alone, the Lord of my life. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.
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DELIA LATHAM is a born-and-bred California gal, raised in a place called Weedpatch and currently living in the lovely mountain town of Tehachapi with her husband and a spoiled Pomeranian. She enjoys multiple roles as Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but especially loves being a princess daughter to the King of Kings. She has a “thing” for Dr. Pepper, and loves to hear from her readers. Contact her through her website or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Find her also at the following online locations: