Now after Amaziah came from slaughtering the Edomites, he brought the gods of the sons of Seir, set them up as his gods, bowed down before them and burned incense to them.
2 Chronicles 25:14
I admire different qualities in different people. I enjoy watching people succeed in things they do well. I like to be around those that are rockstars in things I might just make it as a background dancer. This admiration has gone too far. I didn’t realize it until I read this verse.
I tend to bow down, reduce myself in the presence of others. Because I recognize their gifts, I step back and find ways to support their gifts. That doesn’t sound bad, right? In fact, that is a admirable act. However, it is misplaced. Inwardly, I idolized those gifted ones. Inwardly, I bowed down to them because they were so great. Inwardly, I drooled over the crafty homeschool mom. Inwardly, I drooled over the best dance instructor. I made gods out of those gifted people I am acquainted with. I set them up as gods and bowed down to their gifts. I did whatever I could to breath their air.
Admiration should NEVER turn until idol worship. The only person we should pursue is Christ. I know that. I knew that. I didn’t recognize when I stopped doing that.