Thanks be to God for His grace that turns the heart of His children away from idols to serve the true and living God. This is both an instantaneous divine act and a gradual "burning away." As the apostle Peter wrote:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1 Peter 1:3-9 ESV)
The best thing to happen to the believer is to sober up to the reality of not if there are any hidden sacred cows in the closet, but how many cows there are and how deeply they influence him. Darrin Patrick has adapted a list of questions from David Powlison to help us identify and then begin to rid ourselves of hidden idols. How we answer these questions will pinpoint the other gods we serve. May these questions serve as a starting point to discover areas in which we are essentially saying, “Jesus is not enough.” And may the Lord continue His great work within us that we are truly able to embrace Christ as our All in All and delight only in Him.
What do I worry about most?
What, if I failed or lost it, would cause me to feel that I did not even want to live?
What do I use to comfort myself when things go bad or get difficult?
What do I do to cope? What are my release valves? What do I do to feel better?
What preoccupies me? What do I daydream about?
What makes me feel the most self-worth? Of what am I proudest? For what do I want to be known?
What do I lead with in conversations?
Early on what do I want to make sure that people know about me?
What prayer, unanswered, would make me seriously think about turning away from God?
What do I really want and expect out of life? What would really make me happy?
What is my hope for the future?
(Taken from Patrick's Church Planter: The Man, The Message, The Mission, p.161-162.)