Finding joy in a gift from God, rather than in God the giver.
Idolatry is an sin that many Christians, including myself, do not believe we are guilty of. Here is how we check our lives for idols, “I don’t have a golden calf in my living room, I don’t have a little buddah statue in my garden, I’ve got my bases covered.” Or so we think.
Below is a video clip from Pastor Mark Driscoll, of Mars Hill Church in Seattle. I was deeply convicted and challenged to look at how I live my life and where I am putting my trust other than Jesus. Skip ahead to 1:15, take a few moments and watch this clip and allow the Holy Spirit to convict you of your idolatry. This is not intended to shame anyone, but to help us all be honest about who or what we put our faith in.
I can tell you from personal experience that facing the truth about your sin, repenting of it and asking God to empower you by His Holy Spirit to live in obedience and trust in Jesus, can be difficult; but God is faithfull to help us, to change us, to santify us, and to comform us to the image of His son.