“To God be the Glory” isn’t only a song worth singing – it’s a spiritual principle that must be followed.
Regardless of the Bible’s clarity on the situation:
- “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”” (Luke 14:11)
- “For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.” (Romans 12:3)
- “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” (Philippians 2:3)
There are some who still insist on being an obstinate Diotrephes (3 John 1:9). If their name isn’t lauded they want no part of it (whatever it happens to be). If they aren’t the center of attention they won’t be found (the limelight will never equate with the spotlight). If they aren’t first place there will be no place for them (number one is anything but lonely). If they aren’t the boss they won’t work (as if they would work regardless).
But regardless of how a glory hog views his or herself, in God’s eyes, a glory hog only ends up being covered in the mud of the far-country’s pig pen.
“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)