“Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.”1 Corinthians 10:14
Don’t think about doughnuts. Now that I’ve planted that idea in your head, you might end up eating one before the day is over! The word doughnut awakens the taste, and the taste awakens the hunger, and the hunger drives us to eat… even to eat things we know are not good for us. The fact of the matter is we feed on what we love. What’s true of our stomachs is also true of our hearts.
How, then, can we change? Will it work if we just keep telling ourselves that something isn’t good for us? No. When our cravings lead us astray, the best way to change is by substituting something we love more.
In today’s passage Paul urges the Corinthians— and us—to flee idolatry. But where should we go instead? To Jesus. We flee to Him when we get a new glimpse of Him in the Scriptures. We flee to Him when we cry out for help and experience His deliverance. We flee to Him when we ask forgiveness and taste His grace. The gospel changes all of us by helping us see, hear, taste, and experience Jesus, the most beautiful One, again and again.
When we feed on the love of Christ, He makes our idols taste like dust.