Displacing Idols

Acts 19:23-41

My family and I went to an Illini football game and I couldn’t help but think about the words from Acts 19:32 as I looked around: “The assembly was in confusion: Some were shouting one thing, some another. Most of the people did not even know why they were there.” Instead of a football game, much of the city of Ephesus was in an uproar over a new teaching by the apostle Paul called The Way. Paul’s new teaching displaced the Temple of Artemis as the centerpiece of culture, thus, disrupting the dynamic of the entire city.

What is the centerpiece of our life? What is it that, when disrupted, threatens to throw us into a tailspin? Is it football, or athletics? Should our day be ruined, our speech be fowl and our moods be cross when we come up with less points on a scoreboard? Maybe we revolve our thoughts around money, and we’re always anxious about how much we have and if it’ll ever be enough. Or perhaps beauty, recognition, achievement and admiration are what dominate our efforts. Maybe we’re “good Christians” and follow Jesus, but like the Ephesians, we have made a building and our boxed-in idea of church to be idol-centerpieces. Let us remember this…Jesus alone is here to be our centerpiece, and we can respond with anger, apathy or acceptance.

Keep Reading

Check out Ephesians 1:1-14 and Ephesians 2:19-21. Take note of how many times Paul uses the words “in Christ” and “in him” referring to Christ. 


Father, disrupt our lives by displacing every idol to which we cling. May you be our sole centerpiece, the object of our affection and the anchor of our hope.

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