It’s hard when someone we love discards something truly precious for something cheap. Their bad choice is a travesty, it hurts. If we consider the beauty of God’s holiness: His justice, mercy, goodness and forgiveness, that’s exactly what idolatry is like to God. It breaks His heart.
Romans 1:18-27 describes how our failure to honour God leads to a darkening of our minds. If we don’t feed on God we become slaves to our appetites and we feed on other things, e.g food, sex, or we become slaves to people. Relationships go weird. Couples who can’t fulfil each other’s needs end up hurting each other. We become slaves to ourselves and destroy ourselves. We can look to leaders in a wrong way. Leaders can give direction but only the Father can give identity.
When we look to anything other than God, things get distorted. But when we look to Jesus, his cross shows us both the depth of our sin and the depth of God’s mercy. We find our home in the Father again. God’s holiness is made manifest in us by His Spirit and we again start to reflect in a minute way the great eternal source of goodness in the world.
We need to see and recognise the full worth and beauty of Jesus and delight ourselves in communion with Him.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in his wonderful face
And the things of earth, will grow strangely dim
In the light of His Glory and Grace
So let us behold Jesus.
This word ‘behold’ says so much more than simply “look at.” Hold Jesus in your heart. Practice being present before him, and you’ll sense his presence with you. To behold him is to see and absorb his full worth and beauty, to delight in him and live in communion with him.
Christ is indeed our greatest treasure. In Isaiah 6:1-4, the mighty seraphim angels are worshipping God almighty, and they seem to run out of language to express the holiness of God:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of His glory.”
Don’t put your trust in anything within yourself. Look out, and look to Christ alone. Delight yourself in his holiness, his mercy, his goodness, his love, his justice, his grace.