By Gareth Brady
Consider the following Scriptures and what they say about our words, thoughts, heart and worship.
Matthew 6:21 -For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 15:19 - For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.
Matthew 15:18 - But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.
Matthew 12:34 - For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.
Jesus being God and therefore knowing the human heart better than anyone (Jeremiah 17:9-10) gives us some very valuable advice on how to discern our own hearts and diagnose the idols we worship which enslave us rather than set us free. Here's the advice... if you want to know what your treasure is – what you worship to give you what only the True God can give you - peace, joy, comfort, contentment, security - then listen to what comes out of your mouth! Trace your words back to your thoughts, your thoughts will reveal your heart and your heart will reveal your idol/god. Ask yourself, "What was i thinking when i said/did that?", "Were my words/actions based on thoughts that God is my all satisfying treasure and deserves my life for His glory? Or were they based on thoughts that reveal that I am the centre of my world, I am sitting on the throne and I desire things to go according to my will for my glory?"
Similarly, if you want to know the idols of the culture that you live in & the people that you meet with... listen to what they're saying, listen to how they talk about their jobs and their homes, their next car and their new phone, their favorite pet or their husband, their hurts and their joys, their triumphs and their tragedy's. Then give the better alternative... Jesus, The God who actually delivers on His promises, the Only One who is worthy of our devotion, sacrifice and worship. He alone satisfies. He alone sets us free. Idols promise freedom but deliver slavery. Jesus promises freedom and delivers freedom.