“When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered themselves together to Aaron and said, ‘Up, make us gods who shall go before us. As for this Moses,.. we do not know what has become of him.’ So Aaron said to them, ‘Take off the rings of gold that are in the ears of your wives, sons, and daughters, and bring them to me…’ And he received the gold from their hand and fashioned it with a graving tool and made a golden calf. And they said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’ When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it [and] made a proclamation and said, ‘Tomorrow shall be a feast to the Lord.’ And they rose up early the next day and offered burnt offerings and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” Exodus 32:1-2,4-6
“Be very strong to keep and to do all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, turning aside from it neither to the right hand nor to the left, that you may not mix with these nations remaining among you or make mention of the names of their gods or swear by them or serve them or bow down to them, but you shall cling to the Lord your God just as you have done to this day. For the Lord has driven out before you great and strong nations… Be very careful, therefore, to love the Lord your God… Fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 23:6-9,11; 24:14-15
The trouble and trip up with getting to know Christ is that we’ve allowed other loves into our souls. We cannot serve both God and gods. We cannot crowd the Lord into a mix of self-erected deities or flurry of heart passions, or stray after strange lovers. We cannot follow half-way. We must cultivate a single eye for God if we are to know Him deeply in significant life-transforming ways. (Matthew 6:24; 1 John 2:15-17)
Any intimacy outside God’s holy parameters, any secret shrines erected or false gods worshiped, interfere with pure worship of God Almighty. When we serve selfish ambition or lusts of eye and flesh, we pollute our loyalties as the King’s subjects. He sees the secret heart and all that’s harbored there, and honors sincere prayers of confession and fielty. (Matthew 6:5-6; 1 John 1:9)
What would return us to fidelity to Christ? What foreign gods need casting away, what strange soul ties need breaking forever? Only a pure, unfettered devotion in a guarded heart has room for His love to grow and flourish. (Proverbs 4:23)
Lord, break any errant soul ties that I might love and be faithful to You alone.