Give it all to God

“When the people saw Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, ‘Come, make us gods who will go before us.  As for this fellow Moses who brought us out of Egypt, we don’t know what happened to him.’ “

Exodus 32:1

We all know the problem – idolatry.

It’s the tendency to try and control our own destiny by taking something and turning it into a god that we can control and manipulate for our own desires.

It’s about control.  We like control.  It makes us feel safe.  Of course, the problem is, it is only a temporary solution and, contrary to keeping us safe, it usually just puts us in harm’s way.

Our addictions, our obsessions, our need for approval, our need for “happiness” and all the rest – these are the things we make into little gods we think we can control.  In the end they only control us.

So, what do we do about it?

Here’s my suggestion.

Take those things – take that idol – and give it all to God.

Take whatever need you have, whatever desire you have, whatever talents and abilities you have, whatever strength or asset you have, and dedicate it to God.

Say, once and for all, “Lord, take this, and use it – however, whenever, and wherever you will – and may you get the glory!

That’s how you become more Christ-like.  That’s how you keep your own ego in check.  That’s how you find a way to enjoy your God-given talents and do good, not evil, with them.

Give it all to God.

God loves you and will glorify in what comes next.

You may even become part of a God-given miracle.

That sure beats worshipping calves.

What do you think?



By Paul Simrell

The Reverend Paul W. Simrell has served for over thirty years in a variety of congregational and institutional settings. He is a recognized minister with standing in the Virginia region of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the United States and Canada and is nationally endorsed by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) for specialized ministry in both pastoral counseling and chaplaincy. Ordained in 1982, he has served congregations in Kentucky, Texas, Florida, and Virginia. He currently serves as the pastor of Elpis Christian Church, a small, historic congregation located just a few miles west of Richmond, Virginia. Elpis is the Greek word meaning “expectant hope.” He also serves on the associate clinical staff of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care, Richmond, Virginia, both as a pastoral counselor and a ministerial assessment specialist, specializing in executive, clergy and relationship coaching. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and Lexington Theological Seminary and has done advanced clinical training in chaplaincy and pastoral counseling at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Hospital in Dallas, Texas and the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care in Richmond, Virginia. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor, an ACPE Practitioner, and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. He is a Certified Facilitator of the Prepare-Enrich relationship assessment and skills-building program and served as a volunteer chaplain for over twenty years with the CJW Medical Center campuses in Richmond, Virginia. His avocational interests include playing the piano and drawing. He is very happily married to his wife Elizabeth Yeamans Simrell, a free-lance writer, who is also a Certified Facilitator for the Prepare-Enrich program. Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

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