Do you ever think why you couldn’t see and recognize your idolatry ?
We don’t realize that we actually worship something, and make it more valueable than God.
We don’t see it as a problem that devouring us. That’s why idolatry has blinded us to the point that we think “It’s okay”.
We don’t realize Jesus is all that we ever need until Jesus is the only thing that we have, or what’s left in us. If we truly desire Jesus, there’s a significant, progressive change on how we see ourselves, others, and the world. We will respect ourselves, respect to others, and have desire about revealing Jesus into many places.
The gospel is not self-centered, selfish, unrelevant things that made us happy all the time. We should check if we spend something effortlessly in our life.
Your heart will reveal what you truly worship. If you spend all of your time so that people will recognize you and see you as a “good” person, then what you truly worship is a worship of men.
Tim Keller quoted about idolatry
“When anything in life is an absolute requirement for your happiness and self-worth, it is essentially an ‘idol,’ something you are actually worshiping. When such a thing is threatened, your anger is absolute. Your anger is actually the way the idol keeps you in its service, in its chains. Therefore if you find that, despite all the efforts to forgive, your anger and bitterness cannot subside, you may need to look deeper and ask, ‘What am I defending? What is so important that I cannot live without?’ It may be that, until some inordinate desire is identified and confronted, you will not be able to master your anger.”
― Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters
We do something to make ourselves secure, whether it’s clothes, fake-person, money, validation, being famous, and other things so we are secure in ourselves. If we lose these things, or on the edge of being caught in our secret thing that we hold on into for years. There will be a thought of insecurity, fear, and shame upon us.
If it’s like that, then (that) is your idol.
But Jesus brings more than satisfaction, He heals your heart. He doesn’t come to you and say “Worship Me with all of your heart”. He’s a loving father who loves you even when you don’t feel like it.
He came to this world not to reveal the gospel, He came to be the gospel.
That’s why Jesus sees you as His bride. He cleanses you, cherishes you and embraces you.
Because you are the only one that matters to Him, so do Him in your life.
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved)