How Do You Stop Idolizing Someone?

Did you know that it is our natural, sinful desire to idolize someone? Often time that person whom we idolize is ourselves. We can have a me-centered Universe. That’s really what sin is, idolizing anything or anyone other than God. Part of idolizing also comes from obsessing. We can want someone or something so badly that we begin to obsess. We think that if we have it, then it will in some way bring us greater value, add pleasure, or complete our lives in some form or fashion.

To stop idolizing someone, you have to begin doing two things:

1) You have to begin focusing on God

2) You have to see yourself through God’s eyes.

1) Psalm 1 says, “1Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers;2 but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night.” Another word for obsess, but with a positive, Christian slant, is the word meditate. We have to meditate, think about God and His word more than anything else. Paul goes on to say in Philippians, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8, ESV)”

2) God has a lot to say about us. Meditate on these things:

• You are already justified and redeemed – Romans 3:24

• You are not condemned- Romans 8:1

• You are free from the law of sin and death- Romans 8:2

• You are accepted- Romans 15:7

• You are sanctified- 1 Corinthians 1:2

• You are always led in His triumph- 2 Corinthians 2:14

• You are a new creation- 2 Corinthians 5:17

• You are liberated- Galatians 2:4

• You are a child and heir of God- Galatians 4:7

• You are chosen, holy, and blameless before God- Ephesians 1:4

• You are redeemed, forgiven- Ephesians 1:7

• You are sealed with the Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead- Ephesians 1:13, Romans 8:11

• You are alive- Ephesians 2:5

• You are created for good works (and empowered to do so)- Ephesians 2:10

• You have bold and confident access to God- Ephesians 3:12

• You have all your needs supplied- Philippians 4:19

• You are complete- Colossians 2:10

This is just a short list of what God says about you, according to His word. These are the things that God desire you to meditate on, not someone or something. There is no one nor nothing that has ever done more for you out of love than God has. He is the only one worthy to “idolize.”