February 1, 2013 by A Girl Like Me
I wish I could sit in a room with you all and have a deep conversation about idols and our hearts and where to go from here. I know it is very overwhelming to look within and have God bring to light the desires in your heart that you have placed before Him. So you see there needs to be a change.. but how? How do you rid yourselves of idols?
First of all, let me be the first to say that I don’t have all the answers to this. I’m still learning myself. But what I do know is this… God loves you in spite of your idols. You first need to come to realize that. Nothing can separate you from the love of God. So let this be the very thing that drives you to change. Trying to be good enough for God can be an idol in itself… so once we realize that we are already loved – than the striving to be better will not be the thing that gives us motivation but the overwhelming realization of His love towards us will bring about true change and humility. It’s not something that you can do on your own… you need the power of God to remove them and give you grace.
So- recognize and identify your idols.
Know that God loves you even when you place things before Him.
Let the love of Christ be what drives you to change.
If an idol is something good that we have made an ultimate… what does it look like for you to make Christ once again your ultimate?? Idols are promising you the very things they cant provide and yet God is offering you the very happiness, acceptance, joy, love, provision, security, peace, and hope that you are looking for. What would even happen if you got the very things you desire most? There would always be voids, there would always be something else that you need in order to be happy, and there would always be lack of contentment. With God as the ultimate desire of our heart, we can find rest in knowing that all of our needs are met and all of our wants are already fulfilled in the blood of Christ when He died on the cross.
“As many have learned and later taught, you don’t realize Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.” – Tim Keller
I encourage you all to read Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller. I, myself, have yet to read it all but I look forward to more hope and guidance on this matter and I hope that you will join me. I couldn’t say it any better than him.
As for today- fall to your knees and confess your idols before the Lord. Lay them down at His feet and ask for His help in changing these beautiful desires from the ultimate gain to a desire that just leads you back to Jesus. I need Jesus. You need Jesus.