Crushing Idols: A Call to Intimacy with God

In our journey to understand the heart of the Father, the theme of "Crushing Idols" takes center stage. Reflecting on the story of the prodigal son, the call to return to intimacy with God becomes clear. This relationship is constantly under attack, and maintaining it requires a deliberate effort. Identifying and tearing down the idols in our lives is essential—these idols are anything we place before God, knowingly or unknowingly.

Our spiritual health, much like a car or a home, requires constant maintenance. Deferred maintenance leads to breakdowns, and the same applies to our spiritual lives. Without intentionality, we drift into apathy and insincerity. The book of Malachi highlights the importance of giving our best to God, not just going through the motions. Offering defiled sacrifices is a sign of misplaced priorities.

Mechanical indifference, where religious duties are performed on autopilot without genuine engagement, is dangerous. It leads to complacency and a lack of true intimacy with God. The Israelites' creation of the golden calf while Moses was on Mount Sinai serves as a stark reminder of how quickly we can turn to idols when we feel God is not acting on our timeline.

Crushing idols requires intentionality. This involves exposing them, confessing them, and submitting to God. Taking every thought captive and making it obedient to Christ, as stated in 2 Corinthians 10:5, is a daily practice. Recognizing that we can only function properly when God is on the throne of our hearts is crucial.

Surrounding ourselves with a community that will pray for us and hold us accountable is vital. Just as Moses interceded for the Israelites, we need friends who will contend for us in prayer and help us stay on the right path. Surrendering to God is not a one-time event but a daily practice. Continually submitting our thoughts, actions, and desires to Him ensures that He remains the center of our lives.

The journey to crush idols and maintain intimacy with God is ongoing. It requires daily surrender and submission, recognizing that our spiritual health needs constant attention. By identifying and tearing down the idols in our lives, we can ensure that God remains on the throne of our hearts, guiding us in every aspect of our lives.