The culture these days is very much so into hero worship, what do I mean by that? Well if the world is not going crazy about a specific sporting event, or celebrity player, they are chasing down movie stars and royalty. When Prince William and Kate got married earlier this year, you would have thought that no one had ever gotten married before.
Thousands flocked to London to catch a glimpse of the royal couple and millions more tuned into the television programs that were doing live telecasts of the event. The world literally stopped for a day to watch 2 people say their vows.
Why are we so quick to elevate people into high positions in our lives, I think that we can find that answer in the word of God. God has told us in his word that we are all created to worship him, some choose to and others do not; but we are nevertheless beings made to worship a Holy God.
I have come to realize over the years that it is so easy to worship things or people and that it is offensive to God when we do. When God first set out the laws (10 Commandments) to the Israelites, he told them not to worship anything that they had made with their own hands; they were to worship Him alone. Things have not changed over the centuries; we have just made different idols in our lives.
The reason that it is offensive to him is that he created us to have fellowship with him, to get to know him and his character, and learn to trust and rely on him and his power to live our daily lives.
When we start to allow ourselves to worship things or even people we are no longer worshiping the Lord most High.
I found myself in that very spot once again, just recently. I would love to tell you that this is the first time, but unfortunately it is not, and knowing human nature, it probably won’t be the last but I can and must learn from it and learn instead to surrender my heart, hopes and fears to the lord instead of placing myself in a position where I hope that others will be able to satisfy those needs within me.
I have found that if I admire someone and their walk with the lord, it is not a hard stretch for me to put them in a place in my heart where I revere them so much, that it could be classified as worship. That spot is only reserved for God. I do not build a shrine to them in my living room and burn candles but I often see them as invincible, amazing, so together, and of course so spiritually close to God. All of the things I desire for my own life. (not necessarily the invincible or amazing, just close to God).
What happens then is that I feel embarrassed and afraid to share with them things that are happening in my life, that I would need prayer or advice on. As I get it into my head that they would not respect me if I admitted that I was weak.
The lord reminded me yesterday, that the person to whom that I had given this elevated spot in my heart and mind, was just as weak as I was, she was just as dependent on God for her daily strength and bread as I was. There are areas in her life, where she walks by a deeper faith than me, because God in his great mercy has revealed things to her that as of yet he has not shown me. It does not mean that I need to put her into a higher and more elevated position in my life.
She too struggles in life, she too has to rely on God for everything, just as I have to, there is no difference between her and I.
So when the lord says to me, that I can pray for the sick and they will be healed, or pray that people would come to know Him as there lord and savior I can believe him and allow him to have the rightful place in my heart, instead of me placing my friend and mentor in a place where she never wanted to be in the first place. A place of awe and hero worship.
I was reading a verse of scripture the other day, that illustrates this concept beautifully, it is found in the book of James. It shows us, that even though we would be quick to elevate a man, because his prayer was answered by God in a dramatic way, he was still just a man. A man with fears, hopes, dreams and failures.
James 5:13 – 18
Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.
As you can see brothers and sisters in Christ, we have all been given the authority and right to pray for the sick and pray to God our father, and Elijah was a man just like us, there was not a thing that was special about him, except that God had called him to be a prophet to the nation of Israel, and that when he prayed he did so with faith and believed that God would do what he knew that only God could do.
It never ceases to amaze me how quickly and easily we can get it into our heads that because people are doing what we dream of or desire to do, that they are super human.
If you find yourself in a place of misplaced worship, with spiritual mentors or even other people who have influenced you for the good, I ask you today, to go before God and ask him to forgive you for worshipping things that take your heart and dependence away from him.
Jesus is the only measuring stick that we need to use when measuring our walk with him, he will reveal to us all that we need, when we are ready, therefore we can confidently trust him to teach and handle our hearts when we go astray. We can trust him to be more than enough for us, and freeing us up from the need we might feel to worship things of our own making instead of him.
In Jesus name,
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