A small flame

A small flame

declaration of war

This week I was challenged by these verses :

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. {1 Corinthians 9:24-27}

Ed Welch comments on these verses: 'Paul reiterates that nothing short of a declaration of war will dislodge our favorite idols.' (Addictions - a Banquet in the Grave, pp52)

Isn't that good?

I think I often just give my idols a mild scolding (when I'm not coddling them). Or I might even have a battle with an idol, but I don't go far enough in my efforts. And I haven't prepared myself to endure more than a skirmish or two. I might mean well, but ultimately my efforts fail before the idol is dislodged from my heart.

It's gotta be more than that! It's gotta be WAR!


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