In the book of Exodus, the Israelites were once again in trouble for complaining. As a punishment from God for their repeated rebellion, the camp was overrun with deadly poisonous snakes. As the people cried out to for mercy, God instructed Moses to craft a bronze snake, put it on a pole and lift it up. Whoever looked upon that snake was spared from death. It’s a wonderful miracle, and a prelude to the work Jesus would do for each of us on the cross.
Now, fast forward a few hundred years to 2 Kings 18, when King Hezekiah is cleansing the land from idolatry. Look what is says in verse 4,
He removed the high places and broke the sacred pillars, cut down the wooden image and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made; for until those days the children of Israel burned incense to it, and called it Nehushtan.
The bronze serpent – the one that God had used to bring deliverance to His people – had been turned into an instrument of pagan worship. Israel had taken that symbol of God’s deliverance from idolatry and turned it into an idol. They worshiped the work of God, and not God.
Therein lies the danger for us.
I assume I’m speaking mostly to radio people, and I know what I’m talking about here. For many of us, radio has become that bronze serpent. We’ve held on to it and made it our primary focus, even to the exclusion of our own relationship with God. We’ve become so engaged in “radio”, that we have forgotten the “Christian” part.
I know, because that’s what happened to me. For years I confused what I was doing for God with what God was doing in me, and the two are miles apart.
You see, God doesn’t need me. He doesn’t even need Christian radio. He is perfectly capable of accomplishing His plan totally apart from anything I bring to the table. He can reach the people He wants to reach without any help from me, you, or anyone else.
It’s easy for us, when we work in a field we love so much, to turn it into an idol. It’s easy to start thinking it’s all about radio, and not all about Christ. And just like that bronze serpent, It’s easy to start worshiping the work, instead of the God we work for.
Don’t get the two confused. Don’t forget that God cares more about what He does in you than what you do for Him. Spend time with your Savior. Read His word…not just as show prep material, but because you want to know God above all else.
In the end, it only comes down to God changing one heart…yours.