“I’m a Human Being Just Like You”–Acts 10:26

Today’s Scripture Reading: Acts 10:1-12:5

As I read today’s scripture, it made think about Joe Paterno. On this day a couple of years, as we watched another public icon fall, I wondered when he stopped believing he was a human being, just like you and me.

When did he become above the law?

I’m sure it was a very gradual thing.  It probably began when the fame began and in Paterno’s case that was a long time ago.  In Acts 10:24-26, Peter teaches us something about fame, which leads to power, which is fueled by pride.

They arrived in Caesarea the following day. Cornelius was waiting for them and had called together his relatives and close friends. As Peter entered his home, Cornelius fell at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter pulled him up and said, “Stand up! I’m a human being just like you!” –Acts 10:24-26

Oh, that you and I can remember this one.  No matter how well things are going, how successful we become, how much of a celebrity the world tells us we are; we are just a human being like everyone else and we can fall in an instant no matter how much good we’ve done for society or the Kingdom of God.

Heavenly Father, help us to remember Peter’s example.  Help us not to take ourselves too seriously. Forgive us for our sins.  Make us more like You.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Act 12:6-14:20

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