Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. I speak to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. Is not the cup of thanksgiving for which we give thanks a participation in the blood of Christ? And is not the bread that we break a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body; for we all share the one loaf.

Consider the people of Israel: Do not those who eat the sacrifices participate in the altar? Do I mean then that food sacrificed to an idol is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, but the sacrifices of pagans are offered to demons, not to God, and I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons. Are we trying to arouse the Lord’s jealousy? Are we stronger than he?

- 1 Corinthians 10:14-22

In this passage, Paul uses the imagery of eating food offered to idols to demonstrate the severity of idolatry in the life of a christian. In Corinth, there were many pagan religions. These pagan beliefs rivaled the truth of Jesus and the christians in Corinth were heavily tempted by these pagan beliefs. Paul reveals to the church, "You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons."

Though the American christian may not be as heavily tempted by pagan beliefs as the Corinthian christian, we are tempted by many cultural idols. We are tempted daily to put many things before our following of Jesus. We see Jesus say in Matthew 6 that "No one can serve two masters." It is of utmost importance that we become aware of anything that rivals our relationship with our God.

I challenge you to ask God and ask yourself what idols you may have in your life. Do not be afraid of how God will respond because his heart is to free you and draw you closer. He is never waiting to condemn you. Trust Him and confess freely the things that steal your devotion. You will find Him patiently waiting to show you His kindness.

Father,
What am I afraid to let go of? What am I afraid to give to you? Help me truly seek you first. Thank you that you are patient with me in my process. And thank you that it is your kindness that leads me to repentance. So Father show me your kindness for I desire to follow you and you alone.