Tim Keller | September 20, 1992
The Ten Commandments, first listed in Exodus 20, show God as our rescuer from slavery, who asks for our sole loyalty. People often look up to power figures, hoping to gain strength, but this only leads to loss of freedom and true power. The Bible helps us see who God really is, identify what we wrongly worship, and encourages us to reject these idols. In doing so, we understand our ability to worship and find answers to our problems.
1. The problem with idols
The attraction of idolatry, and its repercussions, are key themes, emphasizing the danger of worshipping anything or anyone other than God. God wants a love relationship with us, a binding agreement where He is the only Lord and God in our lives. Real value and freedom only come from God, so we need to recognize and let go of our idols to truly be fulfilled.
2. The many faces of idolatry
Idolatry is quite common in our lives, showing up in different ways like working too much, unhealthy relationships, eating disorders, or even being overly self-reliant. It also can be seen in society and culture, when things like money, beauty, intellect, and politics become more important than God, leading to bondage and hurt. When we put our ultimate hope in anything other than the true God, we end up at a dead end.
3. Getting rid of idols
True spiritual freedom is about detecting and getting rid of the idols in our lives. There’s a big difference between people who create gods in their own image and those who let God change them. We need to accept God’s authority, give up our personal idols, and reflect on our deepest worries and obsessions, ultimately giving our all to Jesus.
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