Daily Bible Reading – Ezekiel 42-44; Revelation 22
Today’s Key Passage – Revelation 22:8-9
In 2011, my wife and I started watching a new television show called Buried Treasure. In it, two brothers travel across the country helping people find unknown treasures and antiques that they have in their homes. We enjoyed watching it because many of the people on the show have a legitimate need for the money they will get from selling their possessions. Whether it is a family that needs to pay medical bills or a father wanting to provide for his adult children, people’s financial circumstances can be changed in an instant when something of value is found in their homes. Unfortunately, there was a downside to this show. We saw several occasions where treasures were found that could really help a family pay their bills, but the owners refused to sell because of an emotional attachment to the items. In some cases, the attachment people had to their possessions seemed dangerously close to idolatry.
I thought about this show today as I read our key passage. Near the end of his book of Revelation, the apostle John is reflecting on all of the things he has been shown by the angel of the Lord. He had witnessed miraculous things firsthand, and must have felt overwhelmed when he fell down at the feet of the angel to worship him. (22:8) Immediately, the angel corrected him and told him that he was simply a fellow servant and that John should only worship God. (22:9)
So often in this life, we can be tempted to worship something or someone other than God. Sometimes it is a possession that we really like. Other times it is a person that we place on a pedestal, such as a public figure, a pastor, or even a spouse. While most of us are aware that worshiping money or possessions is a sin, we can sometimes forget this when it comes to people. There is a fine line between respect or admiration and idolatry. It is important that we keep in mind that every person on this earth, regardless of position, is simply a fellow servant of God (whether the person recognizes it or not). I pray that today we will all ask ourselves what or whom we are worshiping, and I hope we will all resign to only worship God.
During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you? Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.
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Posted on September 17, 2013, in 27 - Revelation and tagged Bible, Christian, Daily Bible, Daily Devotional, False Teachers, Family, God, Godly Living, Jesus, Money, Religion, Sin. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.