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Today’s 333 Devotional: “Worship God Alone”
Jesus took Peter, James, and John up to a high mountain where He was transfigured, that is, His face was as radiant as the sun, and His clothes were whiter than light. Next to Jesus stood Moses and Elijah.
Upon seeing this sight, Peter said, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (Matthew 17:4)
Immediately a bright cloud covered them, and the Lord God said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” (Matthew 17:5)
What just happened?
It seems harmless enough, but what many people miss is that Peter wasn’t proposing just to set up a tent, but rather a place where they could worship all three of them. And God wasn’t going to have any of that nonsense.
This had been and continues to be a problem within Judaism. While they think they’re honoring and worshiping God, instead they honor and worship God’s law (represented by Moses), and the prophets (represented by Elijah).
One of the main problems in our worship of God is that we tend to worship the traditions, rituals, or rites surrounding God, but these are not the same as worshipping God.
God wants to bring us back to the true worship of Himself and to stop all this other nonsense of worshipping our creations of Him. We need to be careful not to put anyone or anything else on the same level as Jesus.
We must also be careful not to worship a form of teaching, a worship style, or a particular doctrine. In America we also have to be careful not to worship our freedom, nation, form of government, or a political stance. And while we may enjoy the way our church conducts its worship of God, and while we enjoy the freedoms our nation provides, these should never outshine our worship of God.
Worship God Alone
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