Hebrews 3:3-4–But Jesus deserves far more glory than Moses, just as a person who builds a house deserves more praise than the house itself. For every house has a builder, but the one who built everything is God.
There are a lot of things that we do as a Church that symbolize the relationship we have with the Creator. And those things can be great! But there’s a problem when we start to focus on those details of our faith instead of the One who deserves our worship.
Take baptism for example. Baptism is a step of obedience that someone takes after coming to Christ. As 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” This is an incredible gift we’ve been given, so we want to celebrate it! Baptism is a symbol of what Jesus has done for us, and it’s a way for us to tell the world that we are on God’s team. But it isn’t what saves us.
Did you know that money itself isn’t evil? We can use money to do great things for God here on Earth. It’s like a hammer; used in the right way, a hammer can build things up. But it can be very destructive if used in the wrong way. Money is a tool not to be worshiped, but leveraged.
Even the Bible itself can be worshiped. The Word of God is true, but it’s not in itself truth. The purpose of the Bible is to point us to God, who is truth. Studying the Bible isn’t about just gaining knowledge about God–it’s to transform our hearts so that we begin to follow Christ’s example and become more like Him.
Baptism, money, Scripture, and all the other details in our lives are just parts of the house. None of them will make us right with God. The house doesn’t deserve to be worshiped, but the one who built it does. The details are good things, but their purpose isn’t to have our focus. Worship the builder of the house, not the house itself!