Steps Toward Removing An Idol

In yesterday’s post I told you about my friend Laura who became so excited about the prospect of a future with her “crush” that she allowed him to take the number one spot in her life. She let herself think about him 24/7 and tried to encourage a relationship with him by texting him, sitting by him, attending events he was at, etc. The truth is, desiring to marry a godly man is a really great thing, but Laura allowed her desires to turn into a sinful obsession and a consuming part of her life. She made an idol out of her desire to be liked by this guy. Remember, anything that you feel like you “couldn’t live without” or “must have” is an idol and needs to be removed or put back in its place.

The Bible says, “You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them” (Ex. 20:3–5).

So what did Laura do with her idol? Well, first she admitted she had a problem. She confessed to God that she was consumed with this guy and needed help. Then she went to her parents and asked for their advice. She told them she was talking to this guy way too much and she was thinking about him all of the time. She also confessed that this had been going on for a few months and she had been secretive about how obsessed she had become with him. Laura’s parents helped her understand that she was placing this guy as an idol in her life by placing a higher priority on him than on God. They also helped her understand that unless she chose to be content in Christ alone, nothing was going to satisfy her.

The verse that came to mind after hearing this story was:

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will (Rom. 12:2).

This verse reminds me not to let the message of the world rule my own thinking. The world says that romance, money, and popularity will make us happy. This verse says to renew our minds with God’s perfect and pleasing will. Laura needed to stop renewing her mind with thoughts of her “crush” and start renewing her mind with God’s Word.

Her parents also reminded her that this “crush” of hers was her brother in Christ and she needed to treat him with purity and respect. So with their help, she was able to cut off almost all communication with that “crush” and move on in openness and honesty with her parents and pursue activities that would help her think pure and holy thoughts. Laura wanted God’s best for her life and if this man was not the man she was to marry, then Laura did not want to spend so much time thinking about him and talking to him.

After Laura cut the communication off, she felt so much freedom. She didn’t have to worry about whether he would be at the next event or if he would text her or if he was thinking about her. Laura was free to serve God and trust God to bring about His plan in His timing without her help.

Through this story I’ve come to realize that God is HUGE and He doesn’t need my help figuring out my life. He has the plan; I just need to follow it. I need to “put off” all the sinful and obsessive things in my life and “put on” purity, righteousness, holiness, and things that honor and please God.

I know removing an idol from your life might be hard and uncomfortable, but God commands us to “love the Lord your God with all of your heart, soul, mind, and strength” and to “do all things to the glory of God.” So if we aren’t doing that, then we aren’t going to be happy and satisfied. Remember God created us and knows what will make us happy and joyful. When you memorize God’s Word, read solid Christian books, listen to challenging and encouraging Christian messages, then you will understand more and more how to glorify God in your life.

Let’s answer a few questions here:

  • Is there anything in your life that you need to remove?
  • Is there anything that you are obsessed with?
  • How can you “put off” these idols and “put on” something that will please God?

About Author

Bethany Beal

After a brief experience in the modeling industry, Bethany’s eyes were opened to how self-absorbed and lost her generation of young women really are. She and her older sister were inspired to start a blog (www.GirlDefined.com) and wrote a book Girl Defined: God’s Radical Design for Beauty, Femininity and Identity. Their passion is to help young women find God’s truth about beauty and womanhood and the freedom that comes from living a radically different life for Christ.

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