{Exodus 20:2-4; NLT}
“I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of your slavery. You must not have any other god but me. You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea.”

In the same way, we know a good thing has become a counterfeit god when it’s demands on you exceed proper boundaries. Making an idol out of work may mean that you work until you ruin your health, or you break laws in order to get ahead. Making an idol out of love may mean allowing the lover to exploit and abuse you, or it may cause terrible blindness to the pathologies in the relationship. An idolatrous attachment can lead you to break any promise, rationalize any indiscretion, or betray any other allegiance, in order to hold on to it. It may drive you to violate all good proper boundaries. To practice idolatry is to be a slave.

~ Timothy Keller, Counterfeit Gods, pp. 23-24

Questions to Consider:

  • What good things in your life have exceeded their proper boundaries?
  • How can you make sure the good things in your life don’t turn into idols?
  • Why does idolatry make you a slave?


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