Just days before Smith Wigglesworth suddenly passed away, he sit with a young man of whom he was mentoring. Mr. Wigglesworth wept as he looked at all the invitations of those who wanted him to come speak at their churches and or ministries.
He said to his young friend, “people have their eyes on me, God will take me out of the way.”
A week or so later, he was dead.
Today, people continue to put their eyes on men they esteemed as “great” and they even do so with Smith Wigglesworth. Yet Wigglesworth was broken that people had their eyes on him in such a manner, rather than having their eyes on God.
When Joshua became the leader of Israel after the death of Moses, God said to Joshua, “Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel…as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” ~ See Joshua 1:1&3
There is a reason why God buried Moses himself. The people of Israel were prone to idolatry and most likely would have made a shrine to Moses, breaking the very first two commandments that God gave them through Moses.
During the time of Zechariah the prophet, God said to his people, “Be ye not as your fathers, unto whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor hearken unto me, saith the Lord. YOUR FATHERS, WHERE ARE THEY? AND THE PROPHETS, DO THEY LIVE FOREVER? But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your fathers? and they returned and said, Like as the Lord of hosts thought to do unto us, according to our ways, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with us. ~ Zechariah 1:4-6
People die – aposltes die, prophets die, pastors die – they all die. God alone remains. Serve the Lord, and get your eyes off of people!
Men are mere servants of God and no man is worthy of being exalted except the Son of God, Jesus Christ, the God-man! He is the ONLY MAN who is worthy of glory, honor, and prasie.