You and I were created to worship. Worshipping is one of the desires that God designed within the human heart. This desire to worship can be seen in how people react at football games and rock concerts. There is a devotion that happens at these events that mirrors, or even exceeds, what happens at big Christian worship events.
I know we don’t think we have an idolatry problem because of the absence of little statues that we bow down to, but bowing down to idols is just one form of idolatry.
Idolatry happens whenever we give devotion and praise to something or someone other than God. The problem we have is that our idols don’t look like idols, rather they often look like good and innocent things. We have to face the reality that our idols are in disguise.
We think that idols are bad things, but that is almost never the case. The greater the good, the more likely we are to expect that it can satisfy our deepest needs and hopes. Anything can serve as a counterfeit god, especially the very best things in life.
Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods, p. xix
It is easy to be seduced by these idols in disguise. They seem to be good, and they do bring happiness and sense of purpose into our lives, at least for a short time. The problem is that sooner or later the truth comes out, and no matter how good they are, these idols can never bring us the life that we were created to live.
The life we were created to life can only be found in Jesus. For us to experience that life we have to be connected to him. Jesus said; “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5; NLT).
Idols wear disguises because they do not want us to see them for what they truly are: worship thieves and life robbers. We need to be on guard against anything that steals our worship, because in the end it will steal our life as well.