“They went after false idols and became false” (v. 15). We will become like what we worship. God made human beings in His image and ordained that we would worship Him and be like Him. With the fall, we turned our worship away from Him to all manner of created things. As Israel pursued false gods and lifeless idols, the people became like what they worshiped. As these stone and metal idols were deaf and blind, the people followed suit and closed their ears and eyes to the glory of God. These so-called gods produced hearts that desired death, and the people killed their children as sacrifices.
We too were worthless in our worship of worthless things. Jesus died and rose again to free our hearts for worship to God so that we could become like the One who made us. We have been instructed to fix our eyes on Jesus and to be transformed into His likeness from one degree of glory to the next (2 Cor. 3:18). Each day of this life, we are being sanctified to become more like the God we worship. In the age to come, finally and fully free from sin, we will be the perfect image-bearers we were always meant to be.
Looking back over the past year, what is one area in which you have seen God conforming you more to the image of Christ?