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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!
But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.”
For many years, the gentile Cornelius prayed to a God he did not know and was generous with his giving to the poor. One day the Lord sent St. Peter to the house of this gentile. When Peter walked in, Cornelius fell on his knees as if to worship him. Peter said, “Get up, I’m only a man.”
This is a game-changer of a biblical precedent. Only God deserves worship. That’s not to say that we don’t honor those around us and encourage one another and speak well of one another; however, only Jesus deserves the worship of humankind. By worship, I mean a total allegiance of body, mind, and spirit to another person. I can remember seeing old film clips of rock stars like Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and Jimi Hendricks, and women falling prostrate in laud and honor as if to lose their sense of who they were. Some fainted and had to be taken away in ambulances. It appeared to some that they were in effect worshipping these stars. When Peter walked into the house of Cornelius, Cornelius was so taken that he fell to his knees as if too weak to stand. Quickly, Peter, the man of God, commanded Cornelius to get back up on his feet because he (Peter) was only a man. Peter knew that only Jesus was due a man or woman’s worship. Today, I challenge you to join me as a “Worship Rejecter!”
This AM, as always, I am humbled in Your presence and choose to Worship You and You alone. Amen