I don't often post about my husband's sermons, I normally leave that for someone else to do. However, on Sunday morning Colin was preaching from Jeremiah 44 on our most stubborn sin - idolatry. He broke the sermon into 4 areas;
i) idolatry has a past history (v 1-6)
ii) idolatry is a present problem (v 7-14)
iii) idolatry is a cunning competitor (v 15-23), and
iv) idolatry has a deadly conclusion (v24-30).
It was a particularly challenging sermon as it questioned not only the idols with which we struggle in the present, but those idols that have lingered in our family history and have been passed down from one generation to the next. Therefore, the Adams' family this week have been thinking about what idols we might have inherited, perhaps unknowingly, and what we are doing about them. Has your preoccupation with money, possessions, or even your children (to give but a few examples) stemmed from your family heritage?
However, this also got me thinking, not so much in a negative way, but positively. For those of us who have been brought up in a loving Christian home, we have much to be thankful for the heritage we have. We should count our blessing and seek to continue this gospel lineage. We must continually ask ourselves, what is our greatest idol? Or, in the words of John Bloom we must weigh up our pleasures in life, for they are the measure of what we treasure. If Christ is really your greatest treasure, is the pleasure he brings on display to the members of your family?
In thinking practically about this, Colin posed the challenge: "how will you negotiate the "idol factory" that is Christmas this year?" Have you inherited helpful or unhelpful traditions over the years from your family? Which of them will you keep and which of those will you discard and replace? What will your family take most pleasure in this Christmas?
If you have a spare 40 minutes, why not listen more fully to his sermon here.