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Ultimate: The highest, the greatest, the unsurpassed, the most valued, the most important
What’s your ultimate thing? What is it that you put before all else, that guides your decision-making, that most important, most valued item in your life? That is your idol, your ultimate.
Then God spoke all these words, saying,
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.” Exodus 20:1-4
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks; but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Romans1:20-23
If we allow something to take the ultimate place in our hearts, in our lives above the place that God should have, then we actually reduce the value of all things in our life. Why? Because God IS the ultimate; so to put anything in His place devalues the ultimate place and consequently devalues everything else in relation to the false ultimate. Only by giving God the place in our lives that He should hold to we give appropriate value to all in our lives. It is in dignifying truth, that we dignify all else by the standard of truth.
Here are some websites to help you consider if you have idols for your ultimate.