Wednesday, December 24, 2008

In the face of adoration...

So I came across the passage in Acts 10 today where Peter first walks into the home of Cornelius. It says, "As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. But Peter made him get up. 'Stand up,' he said, 'I am only a man myself.'" This is incredible to me. Here is a guy who literally is bowing down to Peter and he has the humility and presence of mind to stop this from happening. I marvel at his "I am only a man" comment. I think the reason this is so mind-blowing to me is that I do not think I could respond like that. I think I would like to respond like that. I believe it is the right way to respond in that situation. But I think the feeling of someone giving me complete adoration and reverence would go straight to my head. I think I would have to fight every single impulse from within me that would thrive in receiving such respect and dare I say worship. I think the world of people who just live their lives with complete humility. They trust in God and find their worth in God so that they do not care what people think about them - good or bad. Humility is such a hard, hard thing to have. As my friend Jeremy once said, once you think you have accomplished humility you haven't. So as I study this passage, I see that in all situations I must realize that I am just a man. Therefore the adoration some might choose to have for me means nothing and the hate and contempt that some might choose to have for me means nothing. My worth is found in Christ alone and all glory and honor must only be given to Him, NOT me. Well done Peter. In the face of a tough test you passed, where I think I would have failed.