God’s intent from the beginning was that we would be like Him and live in His image, according to His leading. The first step into idolatry is turning to the vanity of our own imaginations – taking the position of self-righteousness. Ever since Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, man has tried to justify himself.
To “glorify” God means to recognize Him for who He is and then give Him the profound honor and respect He is due. Proverbs 14:12 warns us, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” When humans decide not to honor God, we are choosing to be fools.
Romans 1:21-23 puts it this way: “For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.”
God is incorruptible. He cannot do wrong; He cannot die; He will always be the same. Shaming God by making idols of corruptible people, animals, or things created by human hands – is the opposite of glorifying Him. Idolatry can give us physical peace, but it does not touch the spirit. Only Jesus Christ can touch the soul.
When He came to live on Earth, Jesus gave up the glory He had in Heaven with His Father. At His Second Coming, His glory will be so much greater than we could ever imagine. When we see that, we will understand glory in its fullness.
As believers, we need to fix our minds on God’s glory – let His truth grip our bodies, minds, and spirits that we may serve Him, eternally. Believer, be an example of Godly wisdom and manage your relationship with the Lord, that you and others may see His glory at His appearing. (See 1 Timothy 4:16.)
Choate Baptist Church welcomes you to join us for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Sunday Morning Worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday Evening Worship at 7 p.m. We also meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Brother Odom’s message can be heard on Radio KAML 990 AM each Sunday morning at 8:30.