Recently I have begun asking myself what idols am I worshipping? This is obviously a terribly complex and frightening question. But its also a necessary question. The Apostle John finished his wonderful letter we call 1 John with one simple sentence “Little children, guard yourselves from idols” (1 John 5:21) and he gives us a wealth of knowledge to consider with this one sentence. John is writing to believers in 1 John. Why does this matter? Because by ending his letter with such a stern warning against idols he tells them and us that we in Christ are still susceptible to the alluring fragrance of idols. But how do we even recognize our idols? Surely its easy for us to pick out others idols whether it be a Hindu temple full of gifts from the poor or a fat American bank account. But neither of these self righteous responses answer the pressing question “what about my idols?”. They often seem to stay camouflaged among my busy life and my foolish since of “I’ve made it!” faith. When things are hard to find we often turn to a mechanism that allows us to look deeper in search of them and I believe as Christians we must follow this same path. But what’s the mechanism? Time. If you want to locate idols in your life, the first step is a deep look at how you spend your time. See, our Father in heaven did everything to save us and bring us back into a relationship with Him. Relationships rise and fall with time spent together, so its understandable that we would be able to determine what is pulling us away from Him. And anything pulling us away from God is an idol.