• Jack Selcher

Flee from Idolatry (Part 2 of 2)

Heroes embody our ideals. They’re already what we’d like to be. Hero selection changes through time. It reveals what matters most to us. Our heroes are our dreams with skin on them. They come in two categories—faith heroes and other kinds. Becoming like faith heroes moves us toward God. Hebrews 11 lists heroes who by their faith overcame life’s obstacles. Imitating other kinds of heroes moves us away from God.

We become progressively more like whatever we worship. Few of us look up to moral heroes like the apostle Paul. He challenged the Philippians to put into practice what they had learned or received or heard from or seen in him (Philippians 4:9). Instead we select those who have admirable but not necessarily godly qualities. The best defense against idolatry is to be an imitator of God (Ephesians 5:1) or to follow someone else who is following the example of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1).

Hero-worship sprays gasoline on the fires of our self-centered dreams. It suggests they’re attainable and worthy of pursuit. We worship what we wish we were. Our hope is that others will adore us when our dreams become reality. Like Satan, we want a portion of the glory that’s God’s alone. God said He won’t give His glory to another or His praise to idols (Isaiah 42:8).

I spent years channeling my time and energy toward academic and athletic goals. I was a slave in a “goal mine.” Goals were my gods. They demanded the best of my time, talents, thoughts, and finances. We take ourselves out of God’s game plan when we give our lives to earthly goals. God designed us to live for what will outlast us. Paul described this way of life as setting our hearts and minds on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:1-2).

Idolatry enters our lives through our insecurities. We compensate for our lack of trust in God by constructing our own “protective” walls. Mostly, we trust money to protect us. Paul labels the greed to accumulate more and more as idolatry (Colossians 3:5). Jesus said that we can’t serve both God and money (Matthew 6:24). Our heart is where our treasure is.1 #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources #idolatry

1. https://www.christiangrowthresources.com/31-steps-toward-spiritual-maturity

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