Colossians 3 is very descriptive of what we need to focus on as Christians. Remember, if we are focused on anything other than God, that is an idol. Colossians 3:1-2 says “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” We are to focus on God, not on material or unholy things. Paul tells us in Colossians 3:5, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.”
Paul was saying that immorality, impurity, evil desires and greed are idolatry. He says in verse 7-10, “You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” Paul is saying that the fruits of idolatry are anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy language, and lying.
If we are not focused on God, these are the fruits of our focus on idols. If we are focused on God, Paul tells us that we will clothe ourselves with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience… forbearance… forgiveness… (and above all) love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
What are the idols we have to worry about in this modern day? Most of us don’t have wooden statues that we are tempted to bow down to in lieu of worshipping God; however, we do have spiritual idols that we focus on instead of Him. If we choose to focus on God, all of these other things will come into focus as well.
What distracts me from keeping God first in my life? What could my idol be?