Two weeks ago, our pastor listed off some questions that framed an application point from the text ‘flee idolatry’ in 1 Corinthians. Several of the questions are below and worth noting:
- What do you fantasize about? What is that one thing you want most?
- What do you sacrifice for?
- Whose approval are you working for/aching for?
- What do you brag about?
- What would utterly devastate you if it was taken away?
- Where do you find escape? How do you medicate on a bad day (tv, work, food, shop, drink….)?
- What delights you most?
What is an idol?
“What is an idol? It is anything more important to you than God, anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God, anything you seek to give you what only God can give.
When an idol gets a grip on your heart, it spins out a whole set of false definitions of success and failure and happiness and sadness. It redefines reality in terms of itself.
Idols cannot simply be removed. They must be replaced. If you only try to uproot them, they grow back; but they can be supplanted. By what? By God himself, of course. But by God we do not mean a general belief in his existence. Most people have that, yet their souls are riddled with idols. What we need is a living encounter with God.” (thoughts from Tim Keller’s book: Counterfeit Gods)