“You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Ex 20:3)
An idol is anything and anybody that comes between you and God. Idolatry is forbidding by God.
These are some terrible effects of idolatry:
1-Foolishness and poverty: “Those who make an image, all of them are useless and their precious things shall not profit” (Is 44:9)
2-Sorcery+= rebellion=adultery=idolatry= disappointment: “When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you. But the wind will carry them all away” (Is 57:13)
3-Forsaking grace (and salvation): “Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own Mercy and Grace” (Jon 2:8, 9)
4-Destruction and untimely death: “Only fear the Lord, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you. But if you still do wickedly, you shall be swept away, both you and your king.” (1Sam 12:20-25)
Now, compare the impotence and the emptiness of idols with the power and grace of our God, manifested in our Lord, Jesus Christ: The Lord Jesus speaks to the sick men and they get well. He speaks to the storm and the sea becomes calm. He speaks to the Pharisees and they cannot confront Him again. He speaks peace, healing, hope and life. The Lord Jesus sees the crowds and has compassion on them. The Lord Jesus hears the faintest cry of faith. He turns back to heal blind Bartimaeus. He smells the perfume of love reciprocated. He touches the lepers and the blind and He heals them. He walked upon the waters and up on the hill of Calvary carrying His Cross. Jesus is the God we know! Jesus is the God we serve! Jesus is Lord!
God is a jealous God. He will punish idolatry, if it is done in secret or in the open, in the heart of in the bush. You need to repent of idolatry. Pray that the Holy Spirit reveals the secret idols of your heart. Lean not on your own understanding! You can never know what an idol is to you, except the Holy Spirit reveals that to you. You need to love Jesus Christ more than mother, father, family, friends, success, money and all. This command cannot be obeyed except by the born again child of God who is filled with the Holy Spirit! Chose now whom do you want to serve? God or idols! It is a choice! May God give you the grace to choose God and reject the useless shameful idols! Come to Jesus! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!