Have You Been Bragging About God?

That God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion. (1 Peter 4:11)

Basic beliefs about the Person and the nature of God have changed so much that there are among us now men and women who find it easy to brag about the benefits they receive from God—without ever a thought or a desire to know the true meaning of worship!

I have immediate reactions to such an extreme misunderstanding of the true nature of a holy and sovereign God, for I believe that the very last thing God desires is to have shallow-minded and worldly Christians bragging about Him.

Beyond that, it does not seem to be very well recognized that God’s highest desire is that every one of His believing children should so love and so adore Him that we are continually in His presence, in spirit and in truth.

Something wonderful and miraculous and life-changing takes place within the human soul when Jesus Christ is invited in to take His rightful place. That is what God anticipated when He wrought the plan of salvation. He intended to make worshipers out of rebels; to restore the place of worship which our first parents knew when they were created!

4 thoughts on “Have You Been Bragging About God?

  1. I tend to disagree. I think God accepts all praise, whether from “worldly” Christians or “shallow” Christians or devout Christians. It is His nature to be jealous. (Exodus 20:5 – For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God) and what comes with that is a desire to be loved. I think God desires to be loved just like we desire that. And even if it is not a perfect love, we still should not discount the praise of Christians who don’t fit “your” definition of a devout Christian. We must not forget, God knows all things, not us. We don’t know the full story of any given believer and their walk with God, therefore we should not judge them by categorizing them as “worldly” and “shallow”.

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