We have already covered what is an Idol. Now we must learn how can we discern our idols. In other words, what can we look at to find our idols, becomes the question. There are many ways, but I’ll propose three:
1. Imagination: You find your idols in your imagination. If you’re like me, you can never remember your dreams at night, but you can always remember your daydreams. You find your idols in the things you daydream about. Tim Keller puts it this way: “the true god of your heart is what your thoughts effortlessly go to when there is nothing else demanding your attention.”
2. Money: To find your idol, follow your money. It’s not hard. We spend our money constantly on what we treasure most deeply. As Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). “Your money flows most effortlessly toward your heart’s greatest love”, Keller adds.
3. Uncontrollable Emotions: What do you feel extremely anxious about? What do you feel guilt or despair about? What do you what to be known for? What is your biggest nightmare? Is there anything, if you lost it, you would think, “I no longer have purpose in living.”? The answers to those questions, my friend, will reveal your idols.
We all have idols. We know what they are, but how can we remove them? More importantly, how can we replace them? I’ll post that later this week.