I am the Lord; that is my name;
my glory I give to no other… Isaiah 42:8
Colossians 1:16-17 says “by (Christ) all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Paul reminds us that …all things… …in all times… …in all places… have their origin and purpose rooted in God Himself. The natural outgrowth of that truth should manifest itself in humble worship. But we must not fool ourselves to think we are beyond “glory grasping.” Even committed believers have to guard against the fleshly desire within us to usurp the rightful place of God, thus elevating ourselves, and diminishing Him.
This attitude is essentially what got humanity in trouble way back in the Garden of Eden. On that infamous day at the beginning of time, the disguised enemy slipped up beside Eve and tempted her with the delicious opportunity to be “like God, knowing good and evil.” (Gen. 3:5) And in the next verse, we find that she got exactly what she desired. Eve did know evil… specifically, the evil of self-idolatry and then later rightly received the consequences of disobedience and of desiring to exalt herself to a place above to her Creator.
This is why in the book of Exodus, God put a warning against worshiping other gods at number two on His Top Ten List. He wanted (and still wants) us to be careful about where we place our affections because He is the only One truly worthy of our adoration.
While it’s good and right for believers in Jesus to want to serve the Lord and do His will, we need to be ever mindful not to cross the line of thinking about polishing our own frame instead of making Him shine.