What You've Always Wanted (3 of 3) by Jonathan McLeod

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What You've Always Wanted (3 of 3)
Series: Keep Yourselves from Idols
Jonathan McLeod
Genesis 22:1-14

After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, ''Abraham!'' And he said, ''Here am I.'' He said, ''Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there was a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you'' (Gen. 22:1-2).

SCRIPTURE READING

The apostle John ended his first epistle with these words: ''Little children, keep yourselves from idols'' (5:21) What is idolatry? Tim Keller defines idolatry as ''the making of good things into ultimate things.'' In his book Counterfeit Gods, Keller writes than an idol is ''anything so central and essential to your life that, should you lose it, your life would feel hardly worth living.''

[Read Gen. 22:1-14.]

THE WORST THING THAT CAN HAPPEN TO US

In the movie A Christmas Story, Ralphie desperately wants a Red Ryder air rifle for Christmas. But the adults in his life-his mother, his teacher, even the department store Santa Claus-keep telling him, ''You'll shoot your eye out!'' It appears unlikely that Ralphie will get what he most wants for Christmas. But on Christmas morning, Ralphie's father surprises him with one last present: a Red Ryder air rifle. An excited Ralphie goes outside to try out his gift. His first shot ricochets off a metal sign and hits the lens of his glasses. He almost shot his eye out. Getting what he wanted for Christmas almost became the worst thing to happen to Ralphie.

What have you always wanted? People say, ''If I could […], then I'd be happy.'' We are all prone to think, ''If I could get what I've always wanted, then I'd be happy.''

Getting what we've always wanted can be the WORST thing to happen to us.

Tim Keller tells about a woman he knew who desperately wanted to have children. Eventually she did have two children, but she didn't live happily ever after. She wanted to give her children perfec ...


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