John Calvin put it similarly: “The evil in our desire typically does not lie in what we want, but that we want it too much.”1
Ken Sande put this way: “An idol is not simply a statue of wood, stone, or metal; it is anything we love and pursue in place of God, and can also be referred to as a ‘false god’ or a ‘functional god.’
Too often we profess God but look to everything else to function as him.
And what is idolatry? It’s taking a good thing and making it an ultimate thing.”