“Then the word of the Lord came to me: ‘Son of man, these
men have set up idols in their hearts and put wicked stumbling blocks
before their faces. Should I let them inquire of me at all?’” (Ezekiel 14:2-5).

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always
be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for
the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a
clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good
behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander” (1 Peter 3:15-16).

Do you see the parallel?

· “These men have set up idols in their hearts.” (Ezekiel,

· “In your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.” (1 Peter, NIV)

· “Enthrone Christ in your hearts.” (Knox)

· “Sanctify the Lord God in your heart.” (KJV)

· “Set apart, in your heart, high and lifted up, Jesus
Christ as Lord.” (Irene Webster-Smith)

Worship begins in the heart. Idolatry is in the heart long
before a physical idol is made. Worship of Jesus Christ is in the heart, not
relegated to a special day and special buildings.


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