Quick Thoughts, ii. Idolizing God’s Good Gifts

The wife and I were bad and attended two Sunday School classes yesterday, one of which was a newly formed, newlywed / no children as of yet class and the other was the young adult class that we had been attending for some time. In the first class, we went over the text in 1 Thessalonians 4 concerning the Return of Christ, and it brought out some good discussion, the best of which I believe was our admitting that we, at least sometimes, do not find ourselves eagerly awaiting the return of Christ. We confessed that we sometimes find ourselves clinging to our earthly treasures, desires, and plans and that we want the Lord “to hold off” for just a few more decades while we experience these good things.

One person made a good point that these things—these good gifts that God gives universally should point us to him, the giver of all good things. This is true, indeed, but what does it say of our relationship to these “good things” if we wish for the Lord to delay his Return so that we can experience them? It says, quite frankly, that we are not looking up the light beam of God’s goodness and following it to God himself (as C.S. Lewis wonderfully illustrated), but we are mesmerized by the beam and disregard the beam’s Source.

If we are honest with ourselves, we must admit that we all have at some point loved the beam of God’s gifts more than we have loved him and therefore have committed idolatry. A good gauge of our present state is the Return of the Lord. Do you desire Christ’s Return and say with the Apostle, “Our Lord, come!” (1Cor. 16:22b), or are you among those who love the world and of whom the Apostle speaks in the same breath, saying, “If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed” (1Cor. 16:22a)? If you fall in the latter group, do not let yourself be comforted by what you have been taught in church or what you see other Christians doing. You may all be walking on the same path and in the same direction, but you might not see Christ standing there when you reach its end.

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4 replies

  1. I have never been "into" eschatology but I have dabbled in it. And it is so true; eschatology is an idol for many who are obsessed with it. We do look at the "beam" as you say and not at its source. I have seen "last days studies" studied on the level of a parlor game. The same can be said for the gifts of the Spirit.

    As my late wife prayed consistently, I say "Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus."


  2. This is a little off subject, but I have heard many people (especially since the publishing of the Left Behind books) talk more about the coming of the antichrist than about the coming of Christ, which is quite sad.


  3. You know I'm glad this made it to the blog. I can remember a many of times when I prayed, "I'm not ready for you to come, I haven't done anything yet and I'm suppose to be a witness". LOL. Basically my gifts, desires and goals that God had put on my heart became far more important to use, than understanding the bigger picture. I idolized that so badly. Now, as of right now, and this past year, I see more the glory of God being revealed more when he takes me home! My life just doesnt seem important enough to actually idolize and fight to stick around. I want to go home, but till that time arrives I will worship and fast in my life. We look at today's world as the end times, focusing on the bad and that's why Jesus is coming back…I don't think God intended it to be that way.


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