Idolatry is not just a pagan practice of setting up wood, stone, or metal objects and bowing before them. The heart harbors its own invisible idols. The list of obvious sins that Paul names in Galatians is as up-to-date today as it was when he wrote it.
Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, depravity, idolatry, sorcery, hostilities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish rivalries, dissensions, factions, envying, murder, drunkenness, carousing, and similar things. I am warning you, as I had warned you before: Those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God!
Galatians 5.19-21 NET
Paul also called greed an idolatrous act (Colossians 3.5). Whatever claims loyalty greater than God is an idol. Whatever receives the bulk of our time, monies, energies, and desires is an idol. Paul includes “similar things” because idols are practically limitless in number.
God cannot be shared in the heart. Neither will he countenance competition. He is jealous as the ultimate solver of man’s problems and the eternal lover of his creation.
My heart has place for only One, O Lord, and that is you. You are my all, my everything.
Hold this thought: We create idols because we cannot wait on God.