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You Gotta Serve Somebody

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You Gotta Serve Somebody


Three years ago, my Thursday morning men’s Life Group went through a book, God’s at War—Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart by Pastor Kyle Idleman. It really challenged us to deeply examine our lives. We had to ask ourselves, Are we truly putting God first in every part of our lives?

Exodus 20:1-2 says, Then God spoke all these words: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of slavery in Egypt.[1]

In the words of Bob Dylan, “You gotta serve somebody.”

Everybody has a god! The question is, who is your God?

Our gods have power. And our gods are many. A god is whomever or whatever we look to for security, deliverance, provision, or fulfillment. And here’s what ends up happening. Whatever or whomever you place as god in your life—you worship—because gods must be worshiped.

In Exodus God says, let’s get this relationship clear. If we are going to be together, I have to be the ONE and ONLY. ““Never have any other god.”[2] And that is the number one commandment of the Ten Commandments: You can have NO OTHER GODS.

Never make your own carved idols or statues that represent any creature in the sky, on the earth, or in the water.[3] There is something about our gods that cause us to bow before them. They demand to be worshipped. They demand CONTROL. So if you want to discover what your gods are, all you have to do is look at what you venerate, what you honor above all things or people.

Idolatry is so dangerous because it affects your children and your grandchildren.

Your gods become their gods! Exodus 20:5 says, Never worship them or serve them, because I, the Lord your God, am a God who does not tolerate rivals. I punish children for their parents’ sins to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.[4]

So if alcohol is your god, then chances are very good your children and your children’s children will also bow down to that very same god. But, if God is your one and only God, then chances are very good that your children and your children’s children will only bow down to Him.

So, I ask you today—whomever or whatever do you serve?


Listen online to the complete message at

[1] GW

[2] Exodus 20:3 GW

[3] Exodus 20:4 GW

[4] GW


About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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