Clearing the Stage: A Means to an End
I hope you have all had the opportunity to read Jimmy's "Clearing the Stage" blogs this week on his facebook page. They have been phenomenal and full of truth and wisdom. He has mentioned a quote from Tim Keller defining idolatry as "turning good things into ultimate things." I love this definition because it reminds us that it isn't always something inherently evil that takes God's place; often times it is something good.
"Jesus must never become the means to an end. If your self-interests are the loudest sound within you, Jesus will become a means to that end. We may never admit it outwardly, but in our hearts we will know if Jesus is no longer the end we live for. If human relations take the place of Jesus, those relationships will become the loudest sound within you. Christian ministry can become the loudest sound that you hear. Ministry, marvelous ministry, can move Jesus into the shadows, even in the midst of working hard for Him."