Identifying Idols

A fast Christianese checkup in the morning might reveal some sins, some shortcomings and failures of the previous day. We are easy to determine and point to the sins over the past 24 hours but what are the small, seemingly irrelevant things we value that slipped past our firewall? Those things that, if given the time (or most probably already has had enough time), have grown into idols.

We could do with some proper introspection and this might be useful – Jared Wilson posted a blog containing a list of diagnostic questions (taken from David Powlison’s Seeing With New Eyes) that we can use to identify our idols:

1. What do I worry about most?

2. What, if I failed or lost it, would cause me to feel that I did not even want to live?

3. What do I use to comfort myself when things go bad or get difficult?

4. What do I do to cope? What are my release valves? What do I do to feel better?

5. What preoccupies me? What do I daydream about?

6. What makes me feel the most self-worth? Of what am I the proudest? For what do I want to be known?

7. What do I lead with in conversations?

8. Early on what do I want to make sure that people know about me?

9. What prayer, unanswered, would make me seriously think about turning away from God?

10. What do I really want and expect out of life? What would really make me happy?

11. What is my hope for the future?


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