I was reflecting on 1 John 5:21 this morning. The Living Translation says "Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts. Amen."
Other translations says "keep yourselves from idols". In the most basic
sense, an idol is anything that takes the rightful place of God in our
life. Apostle Paul equated covetousness or greed with idolatry. Our
career, our pursuit of money, our possessions, excessive devotion to
leisure and recreation, or even putting a human relationship ahead of
our relationship with God, may all become idols. Our ministry can be an
idol too if we fail to put God first. Nothing is more dangerous than
making our ministries or jobs first in our life and relegating the God
of those ministries to second place
Zooming in we can see that at the root of all of these is the idol of SELF - Me, Myself and I.