Tonight in my sermon we worked through some of the questions that can help you discern the idols of your heart. Each person has a default idol of their heart, what pushes them to make the decisions they do, both good and bad. Tim Chester points that each of us have an idol that is either for power, control, comfort or approval. They overlap and we might have all 4 at different times, but these 4 things push us to sin, succeed and live our lives.
The hope we have is that they will bring us the fulfillment we long for.
For example, when a man works a ton of hours to provide for his family, he is doing a good thing to provide for them. But he might be doing it so that his family will approve of him or that he will have the comfort he longs for.
Or, when one tries to control a situation through organizing every detail, keeping things in order. They might say they are organized or a detailed person, which might be true. It might also mean that it comes from a place of insecurity where they need to control everything instead of trusting in God.
Here are some questions we worked through tonight to discern what the idols of your heart are:
- What do I worry about?
- What do I use to comfort myself when life gets tough or things don’t go my way?
- What, if I lost would make me think life wasn’t worth living?
- What do I daydream about?
- What makes me feel the most self-worth?
- What do I lead with in conversations?
- Early on, what do I want to make sure people know about me?
- What prayer, unanswered would seriously make me consider walking away from God?
- What do I really want and expect out of life?
- What is my hope for the future? What will complete me?