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I’m Not Into Idolatry…Am I? Find Out.

Jerry Bridges provides twelve questions to ask ourselves that may reveal who our functional Savior is. Quite revealing of our propensity for idolatry.

  1. I am preoccupied with ________.
  2. If only ________, then I would be happy.
  3. I get my sense of significance from ________.
  4. I would protect and preserve ________ at any cost.
  5. I fear losing ________.
  6. The thing that gives me greatest pleasure is ________.
  7. When I lose ________, I get angry, resentful, frustrated, anxious, or depressed.
  8. For me, life depends on ________.
  9. The thing I value more than anything in the world is ________.
  10. When I daydream, my mind goes to________.
  11. The best thing I can think of is ________.
  12. The thing that makes me want to get out of bed in the morning is ________.

From The Bookends of the Christian Life (available to read for free on Google Books), by Jerry Bridges

HT: Harbor Church

3 Comments

  1. Sam, our good friend Ursula recently gave me a great definition of idolatry. She said that if you’re willing to sin in order to get what you want, then that thing has become an idol. She used the example of getting your kids to pick up the toys (why on earth she would use this example with a mom of three little kids is beyond me 🙂 If I’m willing to yell at the kids to get them to obey, then it’s not really about them obeying anymore, is it? Thanks for the great thoughts.

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