When many people hear the word "idol," they tend to think of the golden calf or some fat little wooden guy who sits on a shelf in the house. But in reality, an idol is any thing, person, or idea that is placed over and above God in your life. It is the worship of anything created as opposed to the Creator God (Romans 1:23).
Last Sunday, I preached on the life of Demas. He was a guy who started out well, but finished poorly. We are told that towards the end of Paul's life, he abandoned the ministry. And the implication is that he abandoned the faith. We are told that the reason he bailed on Paul is because he loved the present world (2 Timothy 4:9-10). That's idolatry.
Several years ago, I found a list of questions by Tim Keller that is meant to help us identify the idols in our life. These are diagnostic questions that are meant to bring to light those things that are the most important to us. It is a list of questions to help us identify who or what we worship. By taking a list of questions like this seriously, you can take the first step in attacking your idolatry. As this new year begins, this just might be exactly what you need to walk with Jesus this year. Attack your idolatry!
- What am I most afraid of?
- What do I long for most passionately?
- Where do I run for comfort?
- What do I complain about most?
- What angers me most?
- What makes me the happiest?
- How do I introduce myself to others?
- What causes me to be angry with God?
- What do I brag about?
- What do I want to have more than anything else?
- What do I sacrifice the most for in my life?
- If I could change one thing in my life, what would it be?
- Whose approval am I seeking?
- What do I want to control or master?
- What comfort do I treasure the most?