As it turns out, my words on Sunday night were a bit prophetic:
And that’s really just the beginning of the story, I think. We still have lots of stuff in our house – lots of stuff I’m emotionally attached to, but rarely – if ever – use. There are still idols, friends. I can’t tie a pretty bow on this and tell you that the Lord has cured me of materialism and I’ll never be materialistic again. But it’s a start and He’s working on it.On Monday morning I read this post by my friend, Missy, and thought, "Hmm... Approval. I do struggle with that. I should listen to those sermons." And so Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday while I cleaned the house during my daughter's nap, I listened to The Austin Stone Community Church's sermon series entitled, Counterfeit Love.
The first sermon was an overview of idolatry:
- The very first commandment God gave Moses was "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your might." (Deuteronomy 6:5)
- King Solomon tells us that "...he has put eternity into man's heart..." (Ecclesiastes 3:11b) In other words, He has given us a desire to know Him, and He is the only thing who can fill that desire.
- And the verse I clung to falsely when I was single, "Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." (Psalm 37:4) It makes so much sense to me now: When I delight in Jesus, He gives me more of Himself. He is the desire of my heart.
The second sermon covered the 4 basic types of idolatry:
I seriously was only listening to this series because it covered Approval, but holy. moly. As it turns out, I want ALL of these things!!! Seriously??!! Gotta love the daily reminders of how deeply flawed and sinful I am because it shows me how much I need Jesus.
The third sermon covered healing.
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)He wants to heal me of my idolatry! I'm convinced that's why He continues to shake up my heart every week - and sometimes every day! It's the way He draws me to Himself to know Him - reminders of my completely broken, wicked heart. A heart that whores after other gods, a heart that would often desire comfort over sacrifice; idols over Jesus. Lord, help me! But I am thankful. Thankful He does not condemn me, but like the woman caught in adultery, he says,
"Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more." (John 8:3-11)
Grace. Unfathomable grace. Grace that draws me near to Him. Grace that brings freedom. Grace that stirs a love in my heart for Him that changes who I am.
He is good, Friends. Know Him.