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Week 6: Wednesday

Lent Reflections

Self and City Idols

One of the core ways that the Bible describes sin is as idolatry. Our minds go to stories of statues that people bow down and worship, but beneath that action is a heart posture. Tim Keller describes idolatry as:

“An idol is anything more important to you than God. Anything that absorbs your heart and imagination more than God. Anything you seek to give you what only God can give. Anything that is so central and essential to your life, that should lose it, your life would feel hardly worth living… If I have that, then I will feel like my life has meaning. Then I’ll know I have value. And I’ll feel significant and secure.”

Idols are the things we turn to, to give our hearts and lives what only God can do. They make empty promises and are never truly satisfy while holding us back from intimacy with God. That intimacy with God is what our hearts crave and where real satisfaction, security, and wholeness can be found.

To Reflect

Tim Keller offers the following questions to help us diagnose our personal idols. Spend some time answering the questions:

1. What is my greatest nightmare? What do I worry about most?
2. What, if I fail or lost it, would cause me to feel that I did not even want to live? What keeps me going?
3. What do I rely on or comfort myself with when things go bad or get difficult?
4. What do I think most easily about? What does my mind go to when I am free? What preoccupies me?
5. What prayer, unanswered, would make me seriously think about turning away from God?
6. What makes me feel the most self-worth? What am I the proudest of?
7. What do I really want and expect out of life? What would really make me happy?

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