In Darrin Patrick's book Church Planter, he states that 'idols are the source-obstacle that keeps Christians from loving God and loving people. Idols are the fertile soil that grows sin, which hinders us from obeying God.' He then lays out the following questions to help expose our idols by demonstrating where our ultimate source of trust is - you would do well to walk through these on your own and with someone else:

  • What do I worry about the most?
  • What, if I failed or lost it, would cause me to feel that I did not even want to live?
  • What do I use to comfort myself when things go bad or get difficult?
  • What do I use to cope? What are my release valves? What do I do to feel better?
  • What preoccupies me? What do I dream about?
  • What makes me feel the most self-worth? Of what am I the proudest? For what do I want to be known?
  • What do I lead with in conversations?
  • Early on what do I want to make sure that people know about me?
  • What prayer, unanswered, would make me seriously think about turning away from God?
  • What do I really want and expect out of life? What would really make me happy?
  • What is my hope for the future?

Darrin concludes:

The answers to these questions reveal what a person is truly trusting in, no matter whom he or she professes to worship. The answers to these questions describe what a person has elevated to the place of God in his or her life - that person's functional lord.

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