It’s idolatry when we desire something more than God. Even a good thing can become a “god” thing. We are asking idols to do for us what only God can do. We crave things like comfort, control, glory, power, self-gratification, approval, acceptance, security, success, beauty, the love of money, and selfish ambitions, to name a few.
Our sinful heart of unbelief is what drives us to run after idols. We want what we want. We don’t desire God. In fact, due to our lack of faith and lack of knowing the One true God we often believe the lie that an idol will be our savior and source of satisfaction.
Idolatry is really a worship disorder. Our heart is loving a counterfeit. It’s a lack of trust in who God is. Think of it, the power of the Gospel has been offered to us in Christ, yet we crave a fake imitation of the real thing. We do this because we can control our idol of choice, but we can’t control God.
Again, we want our way. We want our will to be done. Where there is anger, fear, shame, bitterness, self-reliance, addiction, immaturity, and lust you know you have a worship disorder. Something controls you more than God.
According to Romans 1:22-25 we deserve judgment for our idolatry. In fact, we aren’t being controlled by the Holy Spirit when we crave idols. We are being influenced by demons. Deut. 32:17 days, “They sacrificed to demons that were no gods, to gods they had never known.” It’s dangerous to allow idols of the heart to rule your heart.
We need to repent of our idolatry, and we need to turn toward the One true God; our Creator and Savior, Jesus Christ! He is the One who died on the cross for our idolatry. He perfectly loved God when our hearts ran after idols. He took our punishment so we could be forgiven and set free from sin!
The hymn writer Charles Wesley said, “Amazing love; how can it be that Thou my God shouldst die for me?” God wants all of our heart. He is worthy of glory! He alone should receive our love, worship, and praise!
Thank God for Jesus! Do you love Him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength?