Introduction to the “Keep Yourselves From Idols” series. Jesus gave us two parables that describe planning for what we might face in the future. Counting the cost means considering it all and choosing to serve Him above everything else in life. Jesus says that unless we do this, we cannot be his disciples.
According to Paul, the foundational problem under all sin is idolatry, and the root of this is not glorifying God as God. It makes sense, then, that the first and greatest of God’s commands to Israel is to love Him with all heart, soul, and might. Glorifying Him as God applies to every part of life.
Loving God with all heart, soul, and strength means obeying him, and that comes down to trust. We should trust God and not be deceived into following idols in our heart. His promises are sure, and those who make the Lord their shepherd shall not lack the things they need.