Naming our Idols
“Let me give you my definition of an idol: anything, or anyone, that receives the primary focus of my energy or resources, which should first belong to God. The Bible calls this having a divided heart. Instead of making it our primary life passion to worship the Lord our God and to serve only him, we begin to separate our spiritual life from the practical aspects of life. We use our idols, instead of God, to provide identity or meaning in our lives. This is especially easy to do when those idols are positive things, or even people we love. The danger is that even our virtues can become vices—or idols—if they are not directed toward God.” From shiny gods: finding freedom from things that distract us by Mike Slaughter.
What do you first think of when you hear the word idol?
What idols tempt you? (Keep in mind the definition above)
DO: What concrete step or action could you take this week to turn away from an idol and turn toward putting God first?
Readings for the Week:
Prayerfully read the assigned Scripture, and reflect on what God is saying to you…
Monday Exodus 20:22-24
Tuesday Deuteronomy 5:6-10
Wednesday Psalm 135:15-18
Thursday 2 Kings 17:38-41
Friday Luke 9:57-62
Saturday Matthew 6:21