Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)
Huldra Forsvant (Theodor Kittelsen)

Friday, April 24, 2009

Kill Your Idols

'We pour ourselves out, we give ourselves away, we are passionate worshippers. We are always worshipping, everyone. There is no exception. The differentiation is who, or what, or how we worship. We are made to worship God the Creator, and enjoy and steward created things.

Idolatry is an inversion. Romans 1:25 says it this way, 'they exchanged the truth for the lie, worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator God, who is forever praised, Amen'.

Idolatry is by definition taking things that are good-- like food, or friends, or sex, or family, or job, or hobby-- and making them ultimate things; deifing them. The result is that we live for them, not for God.

And furthermore, we find our identity in them. The root of idolatry is finding your identity. Who are you? What is your significance? Where is your joy? Where is your hope? What can you not live without? What gets you out of bed in the morning? What makes your life meaningful, significant and purposeful? What gives you value, dignity and worth?

If it's anyone or anything other than Jesus, you're committing idolatry.'

From a really good talk I just listened to by Mark Driscoll. I'm feeling pretty challenged by this.

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