Glory Mongers

“Immediately an angel of the Lord struck him down, because he did not give God the glory and he was eaten by worms and breathed his last.” – Acts 12:23

This is the fate that Herod suffered, upon delivering an oration in Acts 12 that led people to exclaim “The voice of a God, and not of a man.” Josephus called his exit “death by a thousand worms.” Now that would be a tough way to go out. Herod decided to not give God the glory and he paid the ultimate price for doing so. The judgment seems swift and harsh but the truth is, in one way or another, everyone who decides to be a glory monger will suffer the same fate as Herod.

God requires one thing from mankind: “To honor Him as God and to give thanks to Him.” But mankind is futile in our thinking and our foolish hearts are darkened. We actually talk ourselves into believing that we are wise, but instead we become fools, because we in turn exchange the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man (or just man himself). This is from Romans 1:21-23.

For this very reason, God gives us up to the lusts of our hearts, to dishonorable passions, and to a debased mind (Rom 1:24; 26; and 28). This is a fancy way of saying we have all (who fit into this category, which is all of us) received our death sentence just as Herod has.

Our default mode is to be glory mongers. We desire the glory. It’s why you put so much stock into what others think about you. It’s why you check Facebook 100 times a day. It’s why you don’t really ever let anyone see and know your messes. It’s why you are quick to take credit when you’ve accomplished something grand and even quicker to deflect and blame shift when you screw up.

Here is the honest truth. We need Jesus. We don’t need to be like him. Honestly, you and I can’t. We just need Him. I shouldn’t want the glory because I make for a terrible god. I’m super selfish and stingy. To be a glory monger means you want to play god. But just like Herd, you are a terrible god.

You see, Jesus is worthy of all the glory because He wasn’t about His own glory. He was about someone else’s: The Father’s. Even crazier is that he has also brought us into that glory which would make us partakers. Meaning, we get to be glorified one day. That is crazy. Those who want all the glory, who don’t deserve it, and who won’t get it on this earth are chosen by God to be partakers of glory, so He pays for our crime of being glory mongers, and then brings us into His glory as benefactors for us to experience it for eternity.

What. The. Heck.

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