“And of the rest durst no man join himself to them: but the people magnified them.”
The Apostles were giving amazing gifts of the Spirit so much so that even Peter’s shadow had the ability to heal the sick. If they pronounced judgment on a person, it was done. The authority they had was truly outstanding. As the people began to recognize this authority, they began to magnify the Apostles and dared not join them. That is, the disciples acknowledged and respected the distinction between themselves and the Apostles.
What about us? Are we not tempted to elevate ourselves? We see someone of great influence and power and we desire to join ourselves to that person in the hope that we can glean from his authority, that maybe we can gain favor and authority just by being around that person. Are we not tempted to disregard the distinction between that person and ourselves, to disregard that we do not belong in his position of authority?
Being honored and magnified in the eyes of the saints is not sinful. However, we must be careful to guard our hearts from elevating us above our calling. If we are called to be a disciple, we best dare not think we are an Apostle. We must recognize the authority God has given us and not try to attain what does not belong to us.
If we are to be elevated at all, if we are to receive any spiritual gift or anointing, we will receive it from God at His command and at His timing according to His perfect will. Do not come to God seeking honor and glory; whether God chooses to bless you with them or to withhold them, be content with the knowledge that you are adopted into the family of God and made joint-heir to Jesus Christ. Let your focus be on glorifying Him, and you will find great peace and contentment with whatever circumstances are in your life.