Field of Faith Devotion Week 01 - Idolatry
Our initial week of practice will focus on the foundational skills of basketball. Over the next 3 weeks there will be a heavy emphasis on developing the fundamental skills of dribbling, passing, shooting, and positional defense (See Practice Plan).
Faith Focus: Defining and addressing idolatry
Family Game Time - Memory Verse Basketball
Bible Verses: (Exodus 20:1-17) (Matthew 22:37-40)
Memory Verse: (Deuteronomy 6:5 - Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.)
How to Beat Idolatry: Love God more than anything.
Idolatry is loving something or someone more than God and making that thing or person the object of your worship. As a person who has struggled with idol worship my entire life and repeated the cycle of replacing one idol for another over multiple seasons of life, God has shown me, through his divine patience and the study of his word (the Bible), that my idolatry was a direct result of where I got my identity and purpose; how I based my value as a person, and how my values were shaped. Once I was able to honestly answer the questions of:
Where do I get my identity and sense of purpose?
What is my self-worth tied to?
Who/what shapes my values?
I began to see the depth of my love for other things, and how that negatively impacted my worship of God. God knows that when we make the good things in life the ultimate things – those things will not be able to bear the burden of our soul. Those idols will not give us the peace (John 14:27) that is outside of all understanding or the joy that we have when we face the trials of life (James 1:2-4). Idol worship will not lead to salvation, only God does (John 14:6) and we have to have a proper view of who He is. The 10 commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) was God, the creator of time and the universe, giving his people (the nation of Israel) an objective moral standard. Commandments 1-5 deal directly with idol worship and how God needs to be loved more than anything in our lives. God is a jealous God (Exodus 20:5). He is lovingly jealous because He knows the destruction and despair that stems from worshiping idols. Commandments 6-10 deal with our relationship to others. When Jesus was tested by a Sadducee lawyer (A scribe whose specialty was interpreting the law) about which is the greatest commandment. His response in Matthew 22:37-40 encapsulates all ten commandments and provides the proper order of importance.
“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus’s response harmonizes the law and love – by setting our hearts on loving God with our whole being - allows us to love others as ourselves. Beating idolatry starts by loving God more than anything else and surrendering every part of our heart to Him.
Dribble the ball with your kid(s) and have a conversation about their week. Don’t worry about the technique or correcting them. Make this more about having a conversation with your child than coaching a basketball skill - open up to them about the idols you struggle with in your life, and how we need to place God at the center of the universe because that is His place.