The first time we looked at idolatry-discerning, we introduced the ThroughLine as identifying, exposing, and forsaking anything other than Jesus that promises to satisfy our hearts.
The second time through, we prayed, like Isaiah, “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am [an idolator], and I dwell in the midst of [idolators]; for my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts!” (Isaiah 6:5 ESV).
This week, we want to connect idolatry-discerning to our Storyline by praying, “Here am I; send me as an idolatry-discerner.”
A Working Definition
Idolatry-Discerning means identifying, exposing, and forsaking anything other than Jesus that promises to satisfy my heart.
A Brief Biblical Theology of Idolatry-Discerning
From the beginning, God has called people to trust and obey him alone.
Every human heart turns good things into god things, seeking to find ultimate meaning, satisfaction, and security in created things rather than the Creator. Much of human history records man’s reliance on anything and everything other than God.
In the wilderness, Jesus overcame the temptation to trust anything other than the Father when he responded to the tempter with the truth of Scripture: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God,” and, “You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve” (Matt. 4:4, 10). In the garden he prayed, “Not my will, but yours, be done” (Luke 22:42). Jesus always worshipped God alone, yet he bore the full force of God’s wrath against idolatry in order to rescue us from slavery to idols and free us to worship the One True God.
In Christ, we are now able to discern the false promises of idols and see Jesus as supremely satisfying. One day we will be fully saved from the presence and power of idolatry.
Devos & Articles
- 10 Clues That Something Has Become an Idol, by Steve Fuller
- A Ring-Side Seat for My Battle against an Idol, by Steve Fuller
- The Death Trap Called Covetousness, by John Piper
- How to Find Your Rival Gods, by Tim Keller
- The Idols We Worship, by Trevin Wax
- No Idols, by Trevin Wax
- No Other Gods, by Trevin Wax
- Are We Nurturing out Kids into Idolatry by Walt Mueller