The Idol of Idols by Paul David Tripp

"You see it in the whines of a little boy, you see it in the entitlement of the teenager, you see it in the needless argument of the married couple over something unimportant, and you see it in the bitterness of the old man. None of us has escaped this disease. It infects all of our hearts.  It is the reason for so much of the brokenness, angst, and pain of the human community... What is this thing that kidnaps us all? It is the selfishness of sin. the idol of idols really is the idol of self. We make it all about us. We put ourselves in the center of the story. We evaluate life from the vantage point of a scary and tragic 'me-ism'. We pull the borders of our concerns into the narrow confines of what we want, what we feel, what we dream, and what we think we need. A good day is a day that is pleasurable or easy for me. A good circumstance is one in which I get my way. A good marriage is one in which my spouse becomes a servant to my dream for my life. A good church has the worship, programs, and preaching that satisfy me. A good job is one that keeps me happy and engaged. It is a life shaped by a shrunken kingdom of one. 
But the first four words of the Bible confront us with the truth that life comes from, is controlled by, and exists for another. We will never be at the center because God is. It will never be about us because it's about him. Our will won't be done because his will will be done. We won't rule because he rules. Our kingdom won't come because his kingdom will. Life will not submit to us because ultimately all things will submit to him. He is at center stage. He is the spotlit character. Life is not to be found in putting ourselves at the center. That only leads to dysfunction, disappointment, and brokenness. Jesus came to decimate our misplaced loyalty so that we would find freedom from our bondage to ourselves and know the peace that passes understanding. Adam and Eve's rebellion becomes our delusion, and for that there is rescuing grace!
For further study and encouragement: Amos 6 1-9."

Tripp, Paul David. New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional. Wheaton, IL. Crossway, 2014.

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