21 Little children (believers, dear ones), guard yourselves from idols—[false teachings, moral compromises, and anything that would take God’s place in your heart]. 1 John 5:21
John’s last words is for us to guard ourselves from idols. Idols not only include statues or images that people worship, an idol is anything that would try to usurp the supremacy of Christ in our lives. Our jobs, money, sex, false teaching, and moral compromises can all become idols in our lives. Jesus is not only to be Savior, He is to be Lord of our lives. That means He has the priority in our lives and everything we do in our lives is done to continue to grow in our relationship with Him. We are called to remove anything that would hinder our relationship with God. As we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and walk according to the Spirit our hearts will be guarded from the lies and deceptions of this dark wicked world.