Robert Griffith | 9 June 2024
Robert Griffith
9 June 2024

 

Following on from the last two days, now we must ask, how can we destroy our idols? Or more accurately, how can we replace them?

We replace them by first putting them to death and then replacing them with the love of God. The opposite of idolatry is worship. We must remove our deathly idols that we worship and then replace them with worship of Jesus Christ. Note what Paul writes to the Colossians:

Colossians 3:1-5  “You have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things… put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire and greed, which is idolatry.”

Paul exhorts us to put our idols to death, not just down. We put our idols to death by beholding the glory of Jesus (2 Cor 3:18) and constantly setting our minds on Him. The simple fact is this: Jesus must become more beautiful to your imagination and more attractive to your heart then any of your idols. That is what will replace your counterfeit god.

If you are in Christ, you have to know that God loves you and the way He treats you is based entirely on Jesus’ performance, not yours. You have to hear God say to you in the depths of your heart, “You are my beloved child, whom I delight. I love you and nothing you do or say, because I have chosen you and because of Jesus’ perfect performance, can change that.” Nothing will free you more than hearing that from your Creator.

All of this comes out of a lifestyle of worship. By that I mean our joyful devotion to Bible reading, prayer, discipleship, serving and worshipping together in a church fellowship. We must get the true peace and joy that can only come from Jesus and that comes as we worship Him and walk with Him each day.