Wednesday, December 9, 2009

From Counterfeit Gods

Jesus warns people more often about greed than about sex, yet almost no one thinks they are guilty of it. Therefore we should all begin with a working hypothesis that "this could easily be a problem for me." If greed hides itself so deeply, no one should be confident that it is not a problem for them. (Keller, Timothy. Counterfeit Gods. Dutton: New York. 2009. p52)

The idol of success cannot be expelled, it must be replaced. The human heart's desire for a particular valuable object may be conquered, but its need to have some object is unconquerable. How can we fix our heart's fixation on doing "some great thing" in order to heal ourselves of our sense of inadequacy, in order to give our lives meaning? Only when we see what Jesus, our great Suffering Servant, has done for us will we finally understand why God's salvation does not require us to do "some great thing." We don't have to do it, because Jesus has. (93)

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