What can God do for me? What’s in it for me? What blessing does God have for me today?

It’s all about my salvation. What matters most are my spiritual gifts. My call to ministry is far more important than yours. My ministry is more popular than your ministry. My Jesus is moving in my life.

Spiritual Narcissism. It’s real, and it’s enough to make one sick. Me… Mine…My…

As I’ve been hard at work preparing this Sunday’s message “God’s glory belongs to Him alone”, it occurred to me that when we make our walk with Christ more about us than we do about others, we are being far more than just selfish. We are actually stealing God’s glory!

We read in Isaiah 42:8 that God said, “I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, Nor My praise to graven images”. Well, what is God’s glory?

As best as this simple mind can comprehend, God’s glory is found in the makeup of His unique characteristics. Traits such as honor, splendor, majesty, dignity, power, beauty, goodness, justice, and holiness are but a few of the characteristics that comprise to make up God’s glory, and God said He wasn’t sharing His!

We need look no further than the Bible to see examples of those who attempted to steal God’s glory. One of the best-known examples of this is found in the Old Testament book of Numbers where Moses disobeyed the Lord by not speaking to the rock to bring forth water. Because he struck the rock twice with his staff instead of speaking to the rock as God had told him to do, God was deprived of the glory that was due Him as the provider of the water. In other words, Moses stole God’s glory! So critical was this disobedience of failing to give God glory that Moses was not permitted to enter the Promised Land. (Numbers 20)

In the New Testament book of Acts, we read about King Herod, who made a fatal error when he too tried to claim the glory that belongs to God.

And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them.  And the people gave a shout, saying, it is the voice of a god, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms and gave up the ghost. Acts 12:21-23

Do you see a pattern here? When we position ourselves between God and the glory that is His alone, there will be terrible consequences. When we receive blessings, and we don’t attribute them to God, we are stealing His glory. The glory that He has made clear He will not share with anyone. Every time we succeed in life, and we attribute it to our own abilities, talents, and gifts, we are stealing God’s glory.

We would do well to remember this from James 1:17:  Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. We aren’t blessed because we are good, we are blessed because God is good. For this we should always seek to bring Him glory.

It is true, we see many today who thrive on the adoration they receive from others. Athletes, politicians, actors, singers, preachers, and many others all clamor to be heard, accepted, and yes, idolized by men. Nothing new there, is there? Man hasn’t changed much since Eden, has he? It’s always been about Me… Mine…My…

We who serve the Lord, however, understand that if there is any praise, and adoration, any glory to be given, it all belongs to our Heavenly Father.

Blessings in Jesus’ name,