We Are No Different than the Israel of Jeremiah’s Day

Israel had tried to domesticate God.  God may sometimes have “issues” with us, but the threat of his wrath was not even on the radar.  Jeremiah reminds us there were plenty of lying prophets around who told the people whatever they wanted to hear.  It was unthinkable that any harm should come to Jerusalem or the holy temple, and the false prophets lulled the people into false security by their upbeat message of health, wealth and happiness.

– Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 47

A Deathbed Assessment

A few people may say some really nice things about you at your funeral, but when you are lying on your deathbed, evaluating your life, what regrets will you have?  What will be the overall verdict on the investments that you made in time and treasure?  These are some of the questions that help us to take inventory not only of what we say we are all about, but who we really are and what we really count most important in life.

– Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 46

But God Sometimes Chooses a Different Way…

To be sure, our lives and the holiness, obedience, or fruitfulness we enjoyed are empowered and enabled by the grace of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. But God often chooses to work through people who desire to do his will, obey his commands, lean upon his grace, and are filled with the Spirit. Paul himself demonstrated this, saying, “by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which is with me.” (I Corinthians 15:10)

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 56

Sin Is Not Necessarily Loving Bad Things

The great church father Augustine pointed out that sin is not necessarily loving bad things, but loving good things inordinately.  In other words, it is turning God’s gifts into idols.  It is our “enlightening” way of fulfilling the apostles description of ungrateful living in Romans 1:22-25.

– Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 45-46

The Truth is That You’re Not What You Do

The truth is that you’re not what you do. You have God-given natural talents, Holy Spirit endowed gifts, and unique abilities. You also have duties, but these duties did not define you, because your identity is not determined by what you do. Rather, who you are in Christ helps you faithfully pursue your duties and use your abilities without them becoming the essence of your dignity and identity.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 8

This Is When We Become Guilty of Idolatry

The problem is not in the mall but rather in us. It’s not a sin purchase items or even to appreciate and enjoy them. When those things becomes the source of our identity, we become guilty of idolatry.

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 8

What is Idolatry?

Idolatry is when we make a created thing a God thing. Which is a bad thing. Idolatry is so distructive and pervasive that biblical counselor David Powlison and has rightly said, “Idolatry is by far the most frequently discuss problem in the Scriptures.”

– Driscoll, Mark; Who Do You Think You Are? Finding Your True Identity in ChristThomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, copyright 2013; Page 6