“And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, ‘Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!’” Revelation 22:8-9.
Who is to be worshiped and who is to be admired?
John tried to worship an angel. That angel, like Paul, was quick to address the mistake.
Hero worship is still in play today. Someone does something special and the accolades are directed in their direction.
The Godly, will quickly defer that praise to where it belongs, to God. The confused will absorb the praise for themselves.
Tim Keller wrote a terrific book called, “Counterfeit Gods.” We are so willing to sidetrack our affections to that which is not God. Those counterfeits will never give us what we want, which is something lasting. Counterfeits are terminal.
Recognizing a counterfeit? You say to yourself, “If I had that, I would really be happy.” If it turns out that you get “that,” you find out in time that it did not give you everlasting happiness.
That everlasting happiness can only be found in a relationship to the eternal Father. He is not terminal. There’s this life with Him and then there’s the after-life with Him. That after-life is eternal.
My trust must be in Him. That doesn’t mean that I can’t desire things, but it does mean that those things in and of themselves will not bring eternal happiness. Temporary? Yes, but not the forever happiness.
Conclusion: I must limit my worship to the eternal God. None other is deserving.