This past Sunday morning we talked about tracing the fruit (our outward behavior) back to the root of what’s going on in our hearts (who or what is actually on the throne of our lives). After service, my family spent a significant amount of time asking each other questions as we each began the process of getting to the heart-level idols in our own lives.
I want to give you some questions that will hopefully help you, your spouse, your children, your life group, etc. to begin to reveal potential idols that are on the throne of your heart. Take some time this week to sit down and seriously think through these questions. If you’re married, I would encourage you to work through these with your spouse. (questions adapted from How People Change by Paul Tripp)
- Is there something you love more than God?
- What hopes are you building your life around?
- What do you fear? (If I desire your acceptance, I fear your rejection)
- What does your world revolve around?
- Where do you find refuge, safety, comfort, or escape?
- What makes you feel rich, secure, and prosperous?
- From whom do you desire approval and fear rejection?
- Whose performance matters to you? Have you pinned your hopes on another person?
- How do you define success or failure for yourself?
- What would bring you the greatest pleasure or the greatest misery?
- What do you feel is your right to expect, seek, or demand?
- Where do you turn in times of difficulty?
- What do you pray for?
- What do your conversations revolve around?
- How do you spend your time?
- In what ways do you live for yourself?
- What do you want so much that you’re willing to sin to get it or sin if you don’t?
Nothing to it, right?! In all seriousness, as the Lord, by His Spirit and His Word begins to reveal idols in your life, I want you to cling tightly to Galatians 2:20
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I that live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved my and gave Himself for me.” (NLT)
We have been redeemed! When Christ died, our bondage to sin died as well. Because of this the old me is dead. But it doesn’t end there! Sin no longer has power over me, because Jesus Christ Himself is now alive in me. Paul goes on to tell us that because of this redemptive, transforming power of Christ at work in us, we can now live trusting in the Son of God Himself, no longer leaning on our own understanding. Christ in me has the power to change me. Amen!
My prayer for you this week, as you wrestle with these questions and the Spirit begins to reveal idols in your heart, is that you will choose to crucify your flesh and allow Christ in you to sit on the throne. Allow Him to begin the work of the Gospel in you. Don’t give up! Keep chasing Him!
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