Father, we thank you for your Word,
which is sober but not without hope.
Jesus has reformed his true people into his own image
on the basis of his own person, death, resurrection, and sending of the Spirit,
and he wants us to trust him and not be idol worshippers.
And so Lord,
cause us to revere you so we resemble you
and are blessed and restored to you,
and not ruined.
Give us eyes to see and ears to hear your truth
and give “us understanding so that we might know him who is true”
and to abide “in him who is true,
in his Son Jesus Christ.
This is the true God and eternal life.”
Give us grace to guard ourselves from idols.
Be with us to this end for your glory.
In Christ’s name,
– G.K. Beale, We Become What We Worship: A Biblical Theology of Idolatry, 311.
[HT: Kingdom People]