Saturday, May 09, 2009


Heth taught me about podcasts today. I am on my third sermon tonight as I clean my pig sty of a room. This one talks about Trials: Suffering to Worship. Idol Worship, and I was thinking maybe I didn't have as much work to do on this topic. BOY, was I wrong! Listen to this:

And to seek out not only our sins, but the underlying cause of them namely the idols that we run to, cling to, in place of Jesus. That which we get our identity, our comfort, our security, our salvation, our passion, our pleasure, our hope. Do any of these sound like you: I am a nice person. People like me. And they say nice things about me. If your idol is people-pleasing and fear of man and being liked and being popular - then when people hurl insults at you, when they criticize you for living for Christ, you will have a crisis - because your idol will be threatened. .... ..... ..... but if your idol is "I'm a nice, likable, loved, decent person, and what they're saying is mean and they don't seem to appreciate me, and they're criticizing me, and they're disagreeing with me," you will find yourself, if that is your idol, in this wonderfully joyous moment that you get to decide whether Jesus Christ is Lord or the opinion of others.

Gets me right where it hurts!!! I'm completely hooked.


Beth@playinwiththepaulsens! said...

yikes!!!!! that is some serious food for thought! thanks! i am gonna print this out!

ann said...

Oh, I know! I'm hooked too. And that paragraph you quoted really convicts me, too. Thank you for sharing!

Heth said...

I'm telling you what, the podcasts are great but sometimes it's not pretty the things they reveal in the heart.

jenni said...

Diddo on the OUCH!

Angela said...

I listened to a couple messages from that series just today! Good stuff. Don't get started on Matt will never get anything else done. :-)

Love ya!