idolatry

When you can let go of the idols of relationships, wealth, intellect, success, beauty, and career: you can actually enjoy them for what they are. You don’t expect salvation or redemption from them. You don’t crush them with expectations or demand them to serve your every whim. You instead see them as gifts, as privileges, as an honor to respect and to cherish. Treat the earthly as divine and you will lose both; treat the divine as your treasure and the earth will be just as beautiful.
—  J.S.

When we focus on one individual sin we can very easily convince people with that particular struggle that in God’s eyes they are only guilty of a single sin.

The problem of the greedy banker isn’t just his greed, but his rebellion, deception, lust, gossip, and laziness.

The problem of the homosexual isn’t just homosexuality, it’s the cheating, favoritism, isolation, theft, and slander.

The problem of the racist isn’t just the racism, it’s the coveting, impatience, violence, secrecy, anger and disrespect.

The problem with myself isn’t just one thing. I am so far from God’s standard of righteousness because of my pride, hatred, judgement, idolatry, self-reliance, unforgiveness, and hundreds of other things.

We’re all is a pretty bad place. But God’s grace covers a multitude of sins.

Don’t worry about having to give up your “favorite sin.” When you accept God’s forgiveness and accept His Lordship you’re undertaking a comprehensive life-change that will require you to get rid of ALL your sin.

The good news: God is patient, and it’s totally worth it.

God is serious about idols.

He wants to be our numero uno. He deserves to have veto power over everything and everyone else in our lives. 

We think idolizing a person just means fangirling over some hot celebrity or posting 300 pictures of a particular movie star on our bedroom wall. 

Is it possible that idolatry is a broader problem?

Check out what Colossians says: "Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.“

God looks at certain desires inside our heart and says the objects of our affection are idols. Coveting something we don’t have is idolatry. We put our wants at so high a priority that the desire for the Will of God to happen is getting pushed aside. 

Jimmy Needham puts it this way: 

Anything I put before my God is an idol
Anything I want with all my heart is an idol
Anything I can’t stop thinking of is an idol
Anything that I give all my all my love is an idol

We spend all of our time thinking about how to get our way, have that thing, get that girl. We scheme and scam and build our own little kingdoms so we can achieve what’s at the heart of our prideful, selfish ambition.

You want to get rid of an idol? Begin to honestly pray this prayer: 

"Not my will, but Yours be done.”