Jeremiah 2:5 – “What fault did your fathers find in me, that they strayed so far from me? The followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves.”

Wow, the Lord really highlighted this passage this morning as I was reading. Though I continued for some time and witnessed several things that had marked Israel’s turn from God, my mind kept being drawn back to this verse.

According to Clifton’s Strengths Finder, one of my top strengths is Achiever. As and achiever, I am aghast at the thought that I can become worthless just because of how I choose to live my life. I want my life to matter, and I’m sure anyone you ask will say the same thing.

As I reflect on this passage, I am searching my heart for the worthless idols in my life that, if I choose to follow them, will make me worthless. I am also thinking about Paul’s admonition to lay aside the weights that would hinder us in running our race with the perseverance to finish the race. For the race is not given to the swift or the strong (Eccl 9:11) but to he who endures to the end shall be saved. (Matt 24:13).

When I run races, I’m not fast enough to expect to be in the top finishers. However, I expect to finish. One of the best things about finishing a race is the bling, or finisher’s medal, that you receive. Some bling is better than others, but once you finish, you get it-no questions asked.

I want the bling that God has stored up for me in heaven so I have to finish the race that is set before me. A finisher is not worthless and doesn’t follow worthless idols, they keep their eyes on the goal and their feet on the path so that they can do what they set out to do.

I choose today not to be worthless. I will make that choice a reality by choosing not to follow worthless idols.