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“They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen.” (Romans 1:25)
Human beings were created to worship. Unfortunately, we are easily misled into worshiping men who were created rather than our Creator, God Almighty. We see this in secular culture, as people adore and try to emulate sports heroes, movie stars or billionaires. But we also see it in the Christian community, when we exalt Bible teachers or evangelists, praising and worshiping them rather than the God who gave them their abilities.
Therefore, as both followers and leaders, we must guard against worshiping men or allowing people to worship us. The New Testament gives examples of our propensity to worship men:
We are also told the dangers of not giving God His rightful place:
“They shouted, ‘This is the voice of a god, not a man.’ Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.” (Acts 12:22, 23)
Even the apostle John was tempted to worship a created being:
“And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, ‘Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!’” (Revelation 22:8, 9)
Holy God, You alone are worthy of our worship. May I never worship anyone but You, nor allow anyone to worship me. Amen
Questions: Why are we so prone to worship men? When are you tempted to allow others to worship you?