Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said, “No, don’t worship me. I am a servant of God, just like you and your brothers and sisters who testify about their faith in Jesus. Worship only God. For the essence of prophecy is to give a clear witness for Jesus.” (New Living Translation)
Who are you worshipping?
Do you worship the man or woman of God who brings His word? Gratitude is the natural response when someone blesses your heart; lifts your burdens; or shines a light for you to see as you walk through the tunnel. Though it is human nature, it is your responsibility to make sure you don’t deify the speaker. Regardless of charisma, speaking skills, or any other admirable quality, the messenger is just like you.
Isaiah 2:22 Stop regarding man, whose breath [of life] is in his nostrils [for so little time]; For why should he be esteemed? (Amplified Bible AMP)
When you put your faith and trust in man, you set yourself up to be letdown. Human beings will always disappoint you; no matter who they are or what their intentions may be.
Matthew 23:9 Don’t set people up as experts over your life, letting them tell you what to do. Save that authority for God; let him tell you what to do. No one else should carry the title of ‘Father’; you have only one Father, and he’s in heaven. (The Message MSG)
You have to be careful to worship God, Who sent the word.
Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (KJV)
The preacher was obedient to hear and willing to speak. You should pray for them because you want them to continue to preach the word, exhort, and pray. You don’t worship them; you glorify God. You can and should thank the Lord for the word and the messenger who brought the word.
1 Peter 4:11 Those who preach must preach God’s messages; those who serve must serve with the strength that God gives them, so that in all things praise may be given to God through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and power forever and ever. Amen. (Good News Translation GNT)
Worship and put your faith and trust in God and God alone.
Please agree with me as I pray:
Father, throughout my life, there have been Christian men and women who blessed me more than I can say. I’m sure along the way, I worshiped them and didn’t realize it. I repent. I am sorry for whatever damage I did to them because of the burden associated with being worshipped. I thank You because today; You are the center of my worship. I thank You for them. I pray they are continuing to preach Your word, to prophesy and to be a vessel You can use. I worship the Creator and not the creation. You alone deserve the glory. Your word healed me, delivered me and lifted me from whatever place I was in, to the place You called me to. You sent the word. You knew where I was and what I needed. They were Your messengers. Though I am grateful for them, I honor, stand in awe of, and worship You…
Ask the Lord what He wants to say to you about today’s devotional and journal His response as described here.