Worship Only God

Steven Laman

Read: Revelation 22:1-9

But [the angel] 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!” (v. 9 NIV)

Relaxing on a Mexican beach with my brother, we heard an unfamiliar voice asking, “Is that your brother?” When Gus, the beach vendor, learned that I was Mark’s brother, he shared that he had a family member with a disability. Gus told us that he had died, and Gus believed this person became his guardian angel. Now, whenever Gus sees anyone who is disabled, it reminds him of his family member. As he was talking I got the feeling he almost worshipped his “guardian angel.”

The Bible does indicate that God sends his angels to protect his people (Heb. 1:14). But nowhere in Scripture does it say that angels should be objects of our worship. John was reminded of this in the book of Revelation. After an angel showed him “the things that must soon take place” (v. 6), John fell down at the angel’s feet in worship. The angel quickly reminded him not to worship him because he too was a fellow servant of the Lord.

Gus had such a reverence for “his angel” that he seemed to worship him. We may not be inclined to worship angels, but are we guilty of worshipping movie stars, sports heroes, or our bodies? Let us worship the Creator and not his creation. He alone should be the object of our worship. —Steve Laman

As you pray, ask the Lord to help you worship only him.