The Wednesday feature of the Worldly Saints blog is a Scriptural meditation whereby I take a verse or passage I have been pondering lately and seek to edify my readers with it’s promises, encouragements, warnings, rebukes, etc.
Recently I was asked by a member of our church why God demands glory. While the “questioner” never used the word “ego,” it does beg a question of whether God is egotistical to demand His own glory. So below are a few disjointed thoughts in answering this question.
- God doesn’t love Himself (John 3:16; Phil 2:5-11). The Bible never says He is infatuated with Himself. It says He is looking to love others and that is demonstrated by the gift of His Son (John 3:16).
- Our created purpose is to glorify God (Isa 43:7, 20-21; 48:9-11; I Cor 10:31). I suppose this could be the “end all” argument. To glorify Him is to increase His and our joy in doing what we were made to do.
- It is always appropriate to honor those who have done great things (Rom 13:7). When someone (e.g., a mother or father) does something honorable, our praise is acceptable and should be expected or anticipated. For example, if a father earns a doctorate degree, it is very appropriate to praise Him for His accomplishment. How much more is God worthy of our praise for achieving true greatness!
- If God were vain, wouldn’t He demand we erect statues and images of Him everywhere? Yet, that is the very thing He forbids (Exod 20:4-6; Deut 5:8-10).
- To be perfect – and God is – and to ask to be glorified is not somehow egotistical because egoism is sin. Because He is without sin, everything He asks or demands is perfectly righteousness. Nothing he asks is done with prideful motivations. To glorify Him is the most loving thing we can do
- We are not like God (Gen 3:5). Even though we are created in His image (Gen 1:27) doesn’t mean that we function and think like Him. We have the capacity of sin; He does not. We can’t receive praise and never let it go to our heads. He can receive praise perfectly and never sin! What He demands and asks of us He can handle with righteous perfection!