Exodus 20:3 You shall have no other Gods before me.
When we think of other Gods we often don't think about
the things that we put before God everyday. They can be
money, belongings, ministry, serving others, or even our
family. Anything that takes the place of our intimate
relationship with the Lord is an idol. The only way to
have an intimate relationship is by taking the time to get
to know Him. We must cast down all distractions that
hinder this. Then we can seek and follow His guidance
concerning everything we do.
Just like a vine we must receive our daily nourishment
because without it we may bear fruit for a time but will
eventually wither and die. When we are doing ministry
and serving others this is even more important because
we are giving away our nourishment and we don't need
to allow ourselves to dry up or burn out. Our daily time
with God of course is that nourishment. It is so
important to read His word, pray, and listen to what He
has for us. Therefore, we must make sure not to have
any other Gods that would get in the way!