... You will be like God. (Genesis 3:5 ESV)
Recently, however, it’s been pressed on my mind that the matter also goes the other way. We not only serve other gods, but we also want to be God. The very first lie, “you will be like God,” is still the idea that revs our engines. We would have ourselves damned for an eternity just to be god for a short time here on earth. And I believe it works something like
· In lying, I’m putting my spin of reality above God’s truth.
· In anger, I’m asserting my sovereignty above the Lord of the universe.
· In stealing and greed, all riches are to come to me and not to the One who rightfully owns it all.
· In adultery and fornication, my form, beauty and pleasure are magnified above and beyond Christ’s.
· In pride, I am the one who does all things well, and knows and discerns all.
· Even in my self-righteousness, I claim that the cross of Christ was needless—that I am actually complete in myself standing innocent and justified before a holy God.
Bottom line, in sinning against God, I am robbing Him of His glory and placing it on myself. More than that, I obstruct everyone’s view of Christ. I’m getting in people’s face, waving my hands, and screaming, “Forget Him, look at me! I am great. I am divine.”
Who am I? How can I with any sanity say that I’m bigger, greater, more glorious than Jesus Christ. At the moment of my sin, however —when I stomp my childish foot and spit out the words “I would be like God”—it’s then that I grab for His glory. This is monstrous and scandalous and beyond putting into words.
The Lord has, as no one else can, spoken to my upstart pretensions. He silences me and thunders “I am the LORD; that is my name; my glory I give to no other, nor my praise to carved idols….My glory I will not give to another” (Isaiah 42:8;