Day 4, Bill Gates or Jesus – Which one would you take the time to be personally mentored by?

Anyone who trusts God knows this is a foolish comparison. But it illustrates how willing we are to make time for the heroes of the world and not the God who made them. It’s worth taking an extra minute to imagine it. Be careful here, answering properly instead of honestly is a certain temptation. So let’s be frank about it, and if you’re not a Bill Gates fan, plug in some other hero to test yourself. We know that Bill is not really going to call, but Jesus, the one who made Bill, calls every day, and most of us just let it ring.

Here is my real question: Are we serving idols by accident? Has our thinking been shifted enough to become an accidental idolater? Bill Gates is not bad guy and it would be an incredible experience for anyone to hear his business wisdom, firsthand. So anyone could rationalize getting up early for that experience but ignore the better experience in hearing God’s wisdom. That kind of rationalization produces an “accidental idol”. Typically, accidental idols are birthed by God as blessings meant to point us toward God’s goodness. But inch by inch, they creep past His presence until they’ve become the road instead of the landscape, in our worldview. Our focus changes our path, behind our backs.

These are the most dangerous type of idols. In my case it has been a lifelong concern over money – fear of losing it, fear of not having enough, etc. It’s probably the reason I picked Bill Gates for the illustration. This stronghold was allowed to grow because I put my focus on the amount of money I had. God had blessed us with great material possession – a good thing! But I kept pushing to make more because I didn’t trust Him to sustain my life. Money became my blessing-gone-idol. We must be extra vigilant to recognize this process because it will not be obvious.

We may think we’re living like King Josiah, when in fact were more like King Solomon (late in life he fell prey to idolatry). If anything has more control over your decisions than God’s voice, this would be true for you as well. Since these are not so obvious to us, the challenge is for us to have the courage to ask Him to reveal it and refine us.
If you pray, God will begin to expose these hidden idols to you and bring a season of refinement. But don’t be afraid. Rest assured that God will not only remove your idols, but replace them with Himself, and His lasting blessings.

Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 44:15-17 (In regard to God’s gift of wood for man to use)
15 It is man’s fuel for burning;
some of it he takes and warms himself,
he kindles a fire and bakes bread.
But he also fashions a god and worships it;
he makes an idol and bows down to it.

16 Half of the wood he burns in the fire;
over it he prepares his meal,
he roasts his meat and eats his fill.
He also warms himself and says,
“Ah! I am warm; I see the fire.”

17 From the rest he makes a god, his idol;
he bows down to it and worships.
He prays to it and says,
“Save me; you are my god.”

Take courage and pray this prayer today.
“God please search my heart and remove anything that keeps my attention away from you. Strip away relationships and material things that hinder me being a hollow vessel for your Spirit. And add to my life people who will lead me toward you and things that will remind me of your presence – praise you Holy Father and let it be done in Jesus name.”

We’ll encourage one another as God works us into a greater discipleship with a more peaceful and powerful anointing.

Personal update:
These idols are sneaky and are a danger for anyone who believes that Christ is the King. Until my own financial meltdown 18 months ago, I never realized this problem. But since then, we’ve been steeped in idolatry detox and its working! My wife and I have come to a new low in that we are finally flat broke but a new high in that we are finally and flatly broken. We actually have the rare gift of putting our faith into action because it’s all we have. And that comes with a sense of real purpose and distinct direction.

Additionally after a very painful few days (past weekend) He has moved powerfully in our marriage to reconnect some of our communication short circuits. Now that we can see clearly, we have resolved to work together in faith but pray with our feet moving. Praise God that all things work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. So if you prayed the prayer above, take courage and laser your focus on God. Be in constant communion with Him as he works through your life. Take time with Him every day. Let’s make the time for Him as if it were Bill Gates on the phone. Then remember that HE IS GOD, and Bill is just Bill.

Blessings,
Kevin Adams

Please alert me if I can offer any encouragement to you!
wakeupmyfaith@att.net

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About Kevin Adams

Kevin Adams is a fresh voice among today’s best Christian writers. What he’s not, however, is a pastor, theologian or pulpit preacher; he doesn’t have a church, a fan club, or a flock. He’s just a regular guy with a powerful story, and a God given gift for sharing it that will challenge the faith of even the most seasoned, veteran believers. His transparency and intentional, elevated writing style has earned him a trusted reputation across the online Christian community. His work escorts readers through his own challenging experiences of loss, betrayal and impossible odds, to just beyond the comfort level of most Christians–the place where absolute faith is required. Kevin takes a genuine approach to modern Christianity that would rather tear away empty pockets than fill them with empty promises. Yet, his story is filled with indisputable proof of our Heavenly Father’s better-than-we-can-imagine desire for each of us, and the delight He takes in our learning to rest in His arms like happy children. Kevin is the author of The Extravagant Fool: A Faith Journey That Begins Where Common Sense Ends, due for release May 6th 2014, and founding partner in a new discipleship ministry being developed around the book. He is also the founder of the Wake up My Faith blog, which has garnered a social media following of over 80,000, reflecting varied backgrounds and locales. Kevin’s life verse is Matthew 6:33 – “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you”. (NKJV) And his philosophy on life can be summed up in a single thought: “Only when God becomes all that we want do we truly see that He is all we need.” –Kevin Adams 2012 Kevin is husband to Holly, his beautiful partner in faith, father to three wonderful children, and a compelling new author for Zondervan.
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9 Responses to Day 4, Bill Gates or Jesus – Which one would you take the time to be personally mentored by?

  1. Sam Peebles says:

    To me this scripture describes how good our God is. He gives us everything we need to survive and so much more, as the text in Isaiah states many of the uses for wood. Much of what God has created was for us to use, eat, touch, hold, build, burn, mold, love. He gave us 5 senses to enjoy His creation, and as Kevin has stated we can either worship the Creator or the created. If we are allowing our 5 senses to rule us then we are still worshiping the created and not the Creator. As said above it is easy to fall into idolatry by the worship of , money, food, places, our wives, our children, whatever it is God made it for us to enjoy and cherish, but it has its place squarely behind the Creator. So as we are going along this walk lets remember as Kevin has discussed and God has pointed out in His word in Isaiah, lets not worship the created but the Creator. As we learn to walk in faith we have to discover those things in our life that have a hold on us beyond what they should. All of the things pointed out above are blessings from God, but if God is put behind any of these things, they will not have the effect of blessings but idols, we will be worshiping people or things but not God. Thanks for the thoughts Kevin, and the scripture today, and may we all examine what we truly worship, so our faith can GROW.

  2. Chris Green says:

    Hello Kevin, thank you for being real and tell the truth in your Journey. Day 4 really hit home for me. Blessings

  3. Dan Rockwell says:

    Kevin,

    Love the idea of “accidental idols.” Speaks to the idea of drift.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and life.

    Dan

  4. I really like this — If you pray, God will begin to expose these hidden idols to you and bring a season of refinement. We don’t always know what we don’t know :/

    Great blog Kevin!

    • Kevin Adams says:

      Thanks Jen for adding real value to this effort – your comments are so encouraging!
      It seems to me that a sea of believers is becoming deeply enamored with the enemy who looks a bit like God.
      We fall into that camp almost by accident if we dont spend time with the real GOD.
      May HE continue to bless you my friend, and the work you are doing!

  5. Laura says:

    Powerful insights Kevin. Newly on this journey or not, you are right on, accurate in so many ways. You have hit the nail in the head here. For so many things, we look to and for God in other things. We randomly let everything but Him obtain our focus -sometimes even calling it for Him. The reason your writing here hits home is because I can relate on many levels. It is so important to focus on the one and only thing that CAN and WILL make a difference in our lives – Him. If we do not focus on Him, and focus on all these other things collectively instead, it is a recipe for disaster on more levels than we can count. Thanks again for sharing your heart, and for your passion for our loving God.

  6. verawrites says:

    Accidental idols… that phrase resonates. I will pray about it…

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