Tuesday, November 20, 2012
John was awestruck. He had seen so much. Don’t you know his mind was overwhelmed? I believe I would have thrown myself at the feet of an angel, too:
And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (Revelation 19:10 KJV)
We serve for God’s pleasure, and He only is to be served:
And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, (Deuteronomy 10:12 KJV)
That’s all that is required. When we accomplish this, the remainder of what we do will follow His will. Take a step back, where Jesus was telling of the error being committed then and is still being committed today:
Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. (Matthew 22:29 KJV)
Mankind has a tendency to lift some men onto pedestals, then require that others pay homage to them, their abilities, their teachings, their dreams. Too often the man on the pedestal takes the homage as their due, allowing their ego to overcome their own relationship with God. They forget the angel’s message, “I am thy fellowservant.” Knowing the scriptures should constantly remind such a man – unless he’s hearing the scriptures through the Father of Lies.
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (John 8:44 KJV)
The devil will tell the man that he’s different. He’s better. He is due the attention based on his talent, his ability to do more and better than those around him. That’s a huge lie. We are all designed to be fellowservants of the Lord of Lord, King of Kings.
We all received the same command to love the Lord with all our heart, all our soul and all our mind. He has a job for each of us to do in the furtherance of His will. When we step outside of that job for our own gratification, we lessen our witness to His glory just as we lessen our worship of our Lord.
Where do we need to be? The answer is the same, yet different for each one – same in that we need to be living in God’s will; different in that our witness, our testimony, our job in God’s plan will be the path laid out by Him, not by us nor for any other. Where are you in His journey?