The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshipped. Revelation 5:14
Famous people in many different areas of life are worshipped by many people. They are looked up to as the greatest and cannot appear to do anything wrong or bad.
Those being worshipped are people in music, acting, sports, business, writing, and nearly any other area of public light. They are lifted up by thousands or even millions of people as being the best, and many will pattern their lives after them. And while being worshipped, they will accept the praise and honor.
In his vision of heaven, John sees every creature circling the throne of heaven. All of the creatures and elders fall down and worship Jesus, who is on the throne.
Worship is the act of someone giving someone else praise, honor, glory and power that is above and beyond the simple normal. People love to receive worship, because it lifts them up and makes them feel good. People also love to worship people or things that they can see, feel, taste or touch.
The world likes to worship things or people that do not really have any control over them. They still have their personal freedom to do what they want.
Believers are to have a different mindset. They are to realize that there is only One who is worthy of all worship and praise, and that is Jesus. It is not about them or what they did or can do, but all about Him. It is not about the temporary things of this world, but about Jesus.
This can be humbling to lower one’s self and place Jesus above himself in every area of life. It is laying down one’s life to lift up and worship Jesus as worthy of all honor, glory, power and praise.
You were created to worship. You will worship something or someone. Knowing this you have a choice as to who or what you will worship and honor.
The moment you realize what Jesus has done for you, you will want to humbly bow down and worship Him, giving Him your entire life. Lay your life at His feet ang give Him all authority and power over you.
Jesus created you and paid for the redemption of your life, because of the sins you have done. He has willingly removed your sins, so give Him all the worship and praise due to Him.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will humbly bow down before Jesus; that you will worship Jesus with your entire life; and that you will give Jesus all authority over your life.
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” Revelation 4:11
All throughout history various people have risen up and were given glory, honor and/or power. These things were given for different reasons. Most often people have reached for their own glory, honor and power.
While not everyone seeks these things, there are many that do. They are willing to do what it takes to get the glory, honor and power. Some do it with good works, while others grab it by force.
John gets a picture of heaven in which some elders are around the throne of God. They lay down their crowns and give God praise, admitting that He is worthy of all glory, honor and power.
As men strive to get glory, honor and power, most do not truly deserve any of it. Man’s glory, honor and power are only temporary and can only be justified in certain ways. Most often these are grabbed at by selfish means, rather than truly earned.
God is the one who has created everything that exists. Nothing is on this earth by random chance, but was created by God’s choice and doing. Since God has created everything, He is also worthy to receive all the glory and honor for what He has done.
Along with the glory and honor, He is to receive all power, because He, only, has absolute power over everything.
At times when the believer is given some glory, honor or power, he is to turn that over to God. To hold on to it himself is being selfish and refusing to admit that it was God who did it in and through him, not himself.
It is only by God’s grace that a believer, or anyone, can do anything at all.
As you go through your days and accomplish different tasks, realize that it was God who gave you that ability. Give Him the praise for what you accomplished.
Do not be like the world striving to grab all the glory, honor and power for yourself, but give them all to God. You are the servant, not the Master. He, alone, is the one who deserves everything.
How are you handing God back all the glory, honor and power in your life?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know that God is in control of everything; that you will give God all the glory, honor and power; that you will allow God to have power over your life; and that you will be a servant of God.
Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. Revelation 3:4
Everyone expects clothing that is put on to be clean and presentable. Once the clothing gets soiled, they are expected to get cleaned before using again.
In many businesses, the workers are expected to dress in business attire that is clean. They work in an environment that does not usually get a person’s clothing dirty. If their clothing gets soiled, they have to change their clothing or else they are in danger of losing their position.
John tells the church of Sardis that some have not soiled their clothing because of their deeds done. Those people will walk with God, dressed in white because they are worthy.
God expects people to do various types of work for His kingdom. All of these works focus on building up His kingdom. When a person is doing what God has called him to do, he will not get his clothing dirty with the things of the world.
This fallen world is full of sin and sinful activities. The world strives hard to get the believer to follow their ways and get his clothing dirty with sin.
In every situation, God has provided a way out of stepping into sin and getting soiled. Sadly many believers are like little children in that they love to get into the mud and cover themselves with it. They want to look just like the world, covered in sin. Instead of resisting temptation, they walk into it soiling their souls.
The believer who chooses to follow God, will run away from the mud of sin. He will keep himself clean by resisting temptation and clothing himself with the righteousness that Jesus provides. At that point, he will be worthy of God.
As a believer you must be willing to look at yourself and see if you have soiled your clothing with sin. When Jesus had forgiven you, He gave you a robe of pure white righteousness.
Do not allow yourself to walk in the ways of the world and get those clothes dirty with sin. Keep yourself pure and holy before God, so that you will be considered worthy before God.
Be alive and victorious in Jesus, remaining in clean clothing, not sin-soiled clothing.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the forgiveness of sin Jesus offers; that you will keep your soul clean of sinful activities; that you will follow God with all of your heart; and that your deeds will honor God.