Genesis 35:1-2 Then God said to Jacob, “Go up to Bethel and settle there, and build an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you were fleeing from your brother Esau.” So Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, “Get rid of the foreign gods you have with you, and purify yourselves and change your clothes.
It’s that awkward moment when you walk into the room and the person watching TV quickly changes the channel. Have you experienced that? The kids are watching TV and they change the channel or turn it off real quick when you walk in. Or maybe you have been the channel changer. You were watching something inappropriate and upon someone entering the room, you changed the channel. It’s all a little bit embarrassing, really. It makes people wonder what was going on.
When God showed up to invite Jacob to Bethel, he changed the channel, too. Upon this invitation, he tells his family to get rid of the foreign gods. He tells them to get pure and change their clothes. What they were watching wasn’t good, but it took God showing up for them to change channels. It seems to me that with all of God’s blessings on Jacob’s life, that he wouldn’t have to scramble for the remote. There shouldn’t have been foreign gods there in the first place. Why not follow the Lord with all your heart even when no one is watching?
Let me ask you the same question: why not follow the Lord with all YOUR heart even when no one is watching? Does it take someone walking in the room to change the channel? Does God have to show up on your doorstep for you to serve Him? I hope in my life the answer is no. I hope to serve Him the same when I am in public and when I am in private. I hope to honor Him when no one is watching. Because it shouldn’t take God calling me in for a meeting to change the channel. I should be on the right one to begin with.
*Do you need to change some channels in your life?