“The best way to overcome the world is not with morality or self-discipline. Christians overcome the world by seeing the beauty and excellence of Christ. They overcome the world by seeing something more attractive than the world: Christ.” ~ Thomas Chalmers
“What each one honors before all else, what before all things he admires and loves, this for him is God.” ~ Origen
While the author ensures we understand that we don’t make Jesus attractive (He already is), he seeks to remind us that when someone truly encounters the beauty of the Christ, the lesser gods of this world aren’t nearly as attractive. All of the earthly gifts God gives can be for our good and are meant to be enjoyed, but they make terrible gods.
John Calvin once observed, “Man’s nature is a perpetual factory of idols.” We should instead, as disciples being transformed by the Holy Spirit, help others see the wonder of our awesome God and the gospel of His Son… and the deficiency of all our lesser gods. Checked on the locale of your treasure lately?