Acts 10:25-26 NIV
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.”
As a Christian leader in our church and community I found this passage really interesting. Not because I want people to fall at my feet in reverance, but how hard I work to make sure they don’t. I wonder if we lessen the power of God working through us by trying to be “like everyone else.” I’m so “human” that no one would ever think to show this kind of reverance. Have we lost something?
I totally get it though, because priests and pastors are often elevated above their character and when they fail it hurts many people.
So here is my take away: don’t look for people to revere you, don’t expect it or demand it. But, in humility, walk in the power of God. Rest in the fact that you are counter-culture, special, set apart and used by God. Don’t work so hard to be like the world. Be your God-given self and allow Him to use you in power. The world is craving authenticity and real power. Power that changes lives, heals sicknesses, restores relationships. If we do these kinds of things consistently, then we probably have to say every once in awhile, “listen, I’m just like you. But God is powerful.”