The important issue that we have to know is how to put everything in place and proportionally. Many Christians do not put God in proper place, because of many other things that they consider more valuable. To be able to put God in proper place, someone should understand how much price or value to be given to God or how to respect God. This is a matter of value and price. So far many people think as if they have already appreciated or given proper value to God, whereas they have not, or even nothing at all. If only they are being religious and having religious activities, it does not necessarily mean they have appreciated God properly. In fact, many people give higher price to the world.
Why do many people find it difficult to lower the price on the world so that they cannot appreciate God properly? Because their concept has been false for a long time and the taste of their souls has already been lost. Actually to give value to all things in this world does not only involve understanding (although this is very important and decisive), but also about “taste” of soul. Just as someone who has loved one type of food since his childhood, then it is very difficult to change the taste of his tongue. Changing a habit of loving one type of food requires time and heavy struggle. This is the reason why someone finds it difficult to lose his weight. Someone who has diabetes mellitus (a metabolic disease) should change his diet. When encountering food with high sugar level, he should consider it as a poison for him. It is similar to someone with high cholesterol level; each time he finds food with high cholesterol level, he should view it as a dangerous food for him. The paradigm should be changed first, then the taste of tongue will also be changed. In this case, it is important to always have renewing of mind.1
Many people who do not want to change their paradigm because they pamper themselves. Someone says that he cannot eat vegetables, while the other states that he cannot drink something that is not sweet. They do not care whether the food or drink endangers themselves or not. At the end, this taste of tongue becomes a bond that is not easily released. Changing the taste of tongue alone is not easy, even more difficult to change the taste of soul. The desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions (or the pride of life) are the taste of of soul that must be replaced with a true taste of of soul, namely to do the will of God the Father’s or to please Him.2 This is the meaning of loving God the Father. The desire of the flesh is not only a matter of eating and drinking, but also about sex. The desire of the eyes is related to the desire to have what others have, while the pride of life refers to the pleasure of being praised and respected by others. We should view them as something harmful and more specifically as a poison. We cannot change this taste of soul automatically. These changes can occur only through serious efforts and with all sacrifices.
Basically idols have the same meaning as gods, which specific meaning is an object that is worshiped and adored. If that object is the Lord of hosts, then it refers to God, but for other objects it refers to idols. So who is god for someone, that is his idol, or what is someone’s idol, that is his god. There are several words idol in the Hebrew text, the ones often used are elil (אֱלִיל) which means nought (no result), insufficiency, worthlessness. In the Greek language, the word idol is eidololatres (εἰδωλολάτρης). Idololatres is related to the word latreia (λατρεία). This word is related to dedication or service. In this case, an idol is something that drives someone to dedicate or serve.
1) Romans 12:2; 2) 1 John 2:15-17.