You are what you worship.
Perhaps the great diversity in personalities and opinions in this world owes itself largely to the variety of gods we worship. For every attitude, for every character trait, there is a corresponding god. And gods, like people, come in varying degrees of moral value. But as Jesus told the Rich Young Ruler, “No one is good except God alone” (Luke 18:19). Only one God is true, and he is the only One who shapes us into who we were meant to be.
In the book Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Valentine and her brother Peter begin a political campaign by posing as columnists with the pseudonyms Demosthenes and Locke. Valentine was Demosthenes and Peter was Locke. In the beginning, neither identified with his or her personas. They had created these characters to stir up things politically. But as time wore on and each invested in his or her character, the brother and sister began to identify with them. Card writes,
The character of Demosthenes gradually took on a life of his own. At times [Valentine] found herself like Demosthenes at the end of a writing session, agreeing with ideas that were supposed to be calculated poses. And sometimes she read Peter’s Locke essays and found herself annoyed at his obvious blindness to what was really going on. Perhaps it’s impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.
In the same way, it is impossible to worship someone without becoming like that person or thing. You are what you worship. Psalm 115:8 says, “Those who make [idols] become like them; so do all who trust in them.”
Think about what competes for first place in your heart. Do you worship idols? What is most important to you? Now, do you want to be like the person or thing that you worship? That is a sobering question.