We’ve already talked about how we are made for glory. But because of the entrance of sin into our world, we are now a race of glory chasers. The glory that God the Creator hard wired into us, his own glory, has been rejected for the glory of the creation. And yes, the creation is glorious. But it is not a glory that is big enough to satisfy our hearts. In short, we need to worship something bigger than ourselves, and that only leaves one thing- God himself.
Romans 1:22-23. Claiming to be wise, they [people] became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
Romans 1:25. they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever!
Looking for glorious things is not a sin- this is how God made us. And there is glory all around us- in music, art, food, sports, stories, sex, play, work… almost everything. We are all constantly looking for glory. That thing that gives us weight, meaning, significance, and worth. It may be an achievement, as status, or even a masterpiece. That thing that shows OUR glory or value to the world.
What we have seen in the past couple days, is that Adam and Eve decided that they wanted to gain glory through their own efforts rather than simply receive glory from God. They became what Paul David Tripp calls “glory thieves.” He says,
We demand to be in the center of our world. We take credit for what only God could produce. We want to be sovereign. We want others to worship us. We establish our own kingdom and punish those who break our laws. We tell ourselves that we’re entitled to what we don’t deserve, and we complain when we don’t get whatever it is that we want. It’s a glory disaster.
Now we all live our lives trying to steal our own glory. We have failed to see that glory must come from outside of ourselves. It must be imputed. That is, glory must be received from somewhere, something, or someone that shares their glory with us.
The source of this glory must be greater than us. The source of imputed glory must outshine our own glory.
Jesus Christ has done this. He has shared his ultimate glory with us. If “to live is Christ,” then to live is to not just chase glory, but to find it in him. Only God can satisfy your hunger for glory, and Christ the God-man has shared God’s glory with you.
John 17:22. The glory that you have given me I have given to them.
Think: In what ways are you chasing glory? How are you stealing glory from God? How can his imputed glory satisfy your thirst for glory?