January 02, 2021
I Am Also A Man
Acts 10:25-27 (KJV) And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together.
Peter was immediately alarmed that this man, Cornelius, would worship him. Instantaneously Peter set the record straight. This same vital correction applies to our worship today. God does not intend for any man to worship any other person. God alone is worthy of adoration and admiration. God uses humanity as vessels to reach others with His unlimited mercy and grace.
Sadly, though, it is often standard procedure among confused hearts to apply their mislead devotion to a prominent church leader or member. Undo worship can happen to a much-admired or famous preacher standing in a pulpit, a beloved teacher, or any leader or worker in God’s church. When it does, such an admired person should react with humbleness, as did Peter, firmly addressing and correcting the situation by pointing such souls to God and God alone for only He is worthy of accepting the honor and glory.
Sadly, some world-based preachers drink in such attention and lead wayward souls further astray. However, necessary correction can mean the difference in truly worshipping God and placing trust and admiration in humanity. The reality is that every person can and will let others down and revert to his or her flesh in seasons of life, including God’s called preachers and teachers. The truth remains that the only real leader and teacher worthy of praise and admiration remains Jesus Christ.
Any child of God who opts to stand in the pulpit or instruct others about truths of God via the call of God on their life must remain humble—especially pointing any praise and honor given them to Jesus Christ. A mere man is not worthy of accepting such devotion from humanity, for it belongs to God.
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