What types of images do you worship? Are there specific signs, logos, or ornaments you put in prominent places? Are those images related to work? Are they religious? Do they represent a sports team? Do you put your favorite image above all else?
We all have a variety of logos or signs we recognize and perhaps have within our households. Some of them may be very important to us. We may hold them in high esteem. We may put them in prominent places in our homes. We may even make them the focus of an entire room.
Though there is nothing inherently wrong with recognizing images, we are not to put them above God. When we idolize images, we disobey God’s commands. When we make those images our top priority, we deny God his rightful place in our hearts. This applies, even if the image is a religious image.
We like our images, though. We like to plaster logos for sports teams on bumpers, windows, walls, shirts, coats, and hats. We like to hang crosses on our mirrors or walls and put them on shirts and hats. We used to put hood ornaments on our cars to show our pride in one thing or another.
I will repeat, those images or logos are not themselves bad. In fact, as I write this, I’m wearing a shirt with a Kansas City Chiefs logo on it. It is all about our priorities. It is all about our hearts. When we make these images more important than God, we break God’s heart. Why? He loves us more than we can imagine, and he wants us to spend eternity with him.
I pray we all make God more important than images. I pray we put God on a pedestal rather than images. I pray each one of us gives God our heart rather than an image or logo. Make God your top priority. Give God your whole heart. Set aside images. Make images a low priority.
Exodus 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.”