8 Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.
9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.”
In the first chapter of his first letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul warned of the divisions that would come in the body of Christ (i.e. the church) when people began placing more importance on the messenger than on the message. (See 1 Corinthians 1:10-17) Perhaps it is because the message is so difficult. As Paul pointed out “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 1:18) We are therefore grateful to ANYONE who can explain the gospel to us in a way that seems to make sense to our sinful minds. But we fail to see that it is not the messenger who moves the heart to repentance, it is GOD who does so. The messenger is merely…a messenger.
In our daily walk with our Lord, let us not get caught up in glorifying the messengers and forget Who we truly should be worshipping. For it was not any dusty theological tome, not the thoughtful explanations of a medieval confessor, not the modern performance of an evangelist that brought us to Christ. What bore us to salvation was the will and Word of God Himself. For that, we ought to glorify only One, the Lord God, whose Blessed Son bore our sins to Calvary. Everyone else is just a fellow servant. Worship belongs to God alone. Let us keep it that way.
Heavenly Father, all glory and honor belong to you. Only You are worthy to be praised. Let me not place more value on the words or ways of my fellow servants than on Your Word and Your ways. Give me only the daily bread of Your Holy Bible, and I will worship you forever. Amen.
– written June 25, 2009