“The human heart is a factory of idols” – Calvin
I really had no idea that Calvin said this until Eric Cobb, a good friend, said this in a sermon a couple of years ago. I intellectually agreed with this until this past week. God reveals areas in you which you fall short when you ask him to open your eyes to different areas.
I know that in Exodus 20:4-6 the second commandment reveals that Idolatry is a huge problem. Idolatry is worshiping or serving anything other than God. Idolatry in these scriptures refers specifically to images which are made by man and take the place of the Holy God who is the one who should truly be worshiped.
1 Corinthians 10:7 & 14 clearly say what we should do with idolatry when it comes up. In 1 Corinthians 10:7 the Christian is commanded to not become an idolater. Literally you could say that believers are commanded to not be an idol server. 1 Corinthians 10:14 commands the believer to flee from idolatry. To flee from idolatry means to literally run away from it.
I am so thankful that the LORD has revealed different areas of idolatry which are in my heart. Each of these areas is difficult for me to deal with. I know that I should not worship or serve any other god and that I should run away from idolatry but some times it is so appealing to my flesh. As with most people I can make up excuses for why I have let these idols rest in my heart but NO MORE EXCUSES. They must GO and GO NOW! To deal with idolatry I need God to move in a mighty way, I am currently pleading with the Holy Spirit to remove these idols that he has revealed from my heart. Dealing with idolatry also involves focusing on God and his glory which can only happen as we seek to know him as he has revealed himself in the scriptures. There are times where I know my idolatry is selfish pride so dealing with it means seeking the best for others and not for myself, thus practicing Philippians 2:3-4.