I came across this article on the resurgence website (www.theresurgence.com) and I think it’s an excellent resource. It’s absolutely true to say that our hearts are idol factories – even as Christians we very often make idols of things. And it’s worth pointing out (again) that 99% of the time the things we make into idols are good things in and of themselves.
How do we fare as we look through the list? Hopefully better than me
Friends, lets root out our idols and strive to serve noone and nothing other than our Lord Jesus Christ. He is our Lord and may that really be the case in our lives.
Answer the questions honestly (as I must). Not just to give the answers we know we should give, but what the reality is.
The full article can be visited here: http://theresurgence.com/2011/04/10/11-ways-to-find-your-idols
And as a side-note I would recommend visiting the resurgence website (if you don’t already). It is a wonderful resource and there are also podcasts and vodcasts available through itunes for free.
This is not about making anyone feel “bad” – this is for the same reason as the resurgence published it. To build a culture of asking the deep heart level questions, to encourage repentance and actually apply the Gospel to our own hearts and seek Jesus together as a community. Let’s get idol smashing!
Here are the questions:
- What do I worry about most?
- What, if I failed or lost it, would cause me to feel that I did not even want to live?
- What do I use to comfort myself when things go bad or get difficult?
- What do I do to cope? What are my release valves? What do I do to feel better?
- What preoccupies me? What do I daydream about?
- What makes me feel the most self-worth? Of what am I the proudest? For what do I want to be known?
- What do I lead with in conversations?
- Early on what do I want to make sure that people know about me?
- What prayer, unanswered, would make me seriously think about turning away from God?
- What do I really want and expect out of life? What would really make me happy?
- What is my hope for the future?