“The point of your life is to point to Him. Whatever you are doing, God wants to be glorified, because this whole thing is His.” ― Francis Chan
I was reading through Acts yesterday and read something that really got my attention. It’s the story about King Herod. At the time King Herod was persecuting Christians. He was about to address the crowd and give a speech.
Act 12:22-23 NIV- On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public address to the people. 22 They shouted, “This is the voice of a god, not of a man.” 23 Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died.
The Message Translation is a little stronger in wording, and say’s it this way:
Acts 12:22-23 MSG (The Death of Herod)
20-22But things went from bad to worse for Herod. Now people from Tyre and Sidon put him on the warpath. But they got Blastus, King Herod’s right-hand man, to put in a good word for them and got a delegation together to iron things out. Because they were dependent on Judea for food supplies, they couldn’t afford to let this go on too long. On the day set for their meeting, Herod, robed in pomposity, took his place on the throne and regaled them with a lot of hot air. The people played their part to the hilt and shouted flatteries: “The voice of God! The voice of God!” 23That was the last straw. God had had enough of Herod’s arrogance and sent an angel to strike him down. Herod had given God no credit for anything. Down he went. Rotten to the core, a maggoty old man if there ever was one, he died.
The John Gill’s Exposition of the Bible say’s this, “because he gave not glory to God; or as the Jewish historian says, because he reproved not the flatterers, nor rejected their impious flattery, but tacitly took that to himself, which belonged to God.”
Be careful. Being in areas of leadership, ministry, speaking, on stage, or perhaps anything else God uses you to do. People will praise your work (because you have allowed God to work through you). But be careful not to let pride or arrogance get in the way. If you are not careful, you might be deceived to think YOU have done something great in your own power or strength. It is the Lord who gives and takes away (Job 1:21). Never forget ‘Who’ has given you these talents and gifts and be quick to give Him all the glory and honor that is due to Him.
To God be ALL the glory! Amen!