Exodus 20:1-3 (NIV)
1 And God spoke all these words: 2 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3 “You shall have no other gods before me.
Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV)
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
What do you think are the most common “idols” today? What do each of them “promise” in return for our allegiance? (Make a list.)
In the story, what was Emily's idol? What sacrifices did she make out of her allegiance to it? What did she hope for in return? How did this mess up her life?
What would you say are the “main priorities” in your life? What order would you list them? Which priorities most easily slip “out of place?”