Calvin's description of our hearts as perpetual idol factories may have started to shape my thinking about idolatry, but no person or ministry has helped me grasp this concept of heart idols more than CCEF. David Powlison, Paul Tripp, and Ed Welch consistently demonstrate an understanding of how the depravity of the human heart falls prey to idolatry.
With all that in mind, here are a few questions I shared in a recent sermon—questions that have been useful for my own heart, and I pray will be for our congregation and perhaps even you. Though I haven't copied them consciously from anyone else, I can't imagine they're at all original with me.
- Who is the person you want to please more than God?
- What distracts you from reading God’s Word, prayer, time with family or listening to a sermon?
- What other priorities keep you from those pursuits?
- If someone objective assessed how you spend your time and money, what would he or she say is most valuable to you?
- What’s the pleasure that you’re willing to sin to experience?