So, here we are on the first Sunday of 2018. The old has passed away; the New Year has come. If you’re like me, you’ve not only put away your Christmas decorations, but you’ve made a resolution to limit the high calorie treats and take off some pounds. After indulging in the festivities of fall and winter holidays, my body is definitely ready for some discipline. I’m sure you know what I mean. For those who’ve abandoned exercise routines, it’s time again to get up off the couch. For those who’ve had vacation time from school and work, it’s time again to embrace those important endeavors. For those who’ve overspent their budgets on Christmas gifts and travel, it’s time again to get frugal and pay the bills. Frivolity and freedom are good for a while, but we also need some routines and rules to guide us.
So, as we embark on this New Year, I thought it might be helpful for us to gain some structure from the Ten Commandments. In October, in anticipation of our church’s tenth anniversary here at this location, I preached a sermon from Psalm 119 on the overall goodness of God’s commandments. But, now that we’ve actually arrived at this anniversary year of 2018, we’ll spend some time on the Ten Commandments themselves. Each Sunday, beginning today, we’re going to talk about two of them. Today’s pair is found in Exodus 20, verses three and four. As we consider “You shall have no other gods before me” and “You shall not make for yourself an idol,” I invite you to consider what it might mean for us to worship God first and only.