by Francois Giurgiu
Hebrews 3:3-6 For Jesus has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses—as much more glory as the builder of a house has more honor than the house itself. 4 (For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.) 5 Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant, to testify to the things that were to be spoken later, 6 but Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope.
Have you ever been robbed? Ever felt forgotten when something you feel you deserve goes to someone else? A job promotion or some recognition maybe? A parking spot that you’ve been waiting patiently for only to see it taken by a giant SUV coming in at the last second? Maybe even as silly as having a funny joke or wise saying that you thought of stolen and used by someone else to their glory? I’m sure at one point you have felt betrayed or overlooked in one way or another. Daily our pride is attacked when we fail to receive glory that we feel we deserve. Usually we speak up or take action when we are robbed of any glory we desire, because that is our sin nature. (1 John 2:16) But my question is this: Why are we so content with robbing our heavenly Father, creator of the universe, of his glory due? To whom glory ONLY belongs to. The only one that glory should be offered to. As Spurgeon says “there is room for only one glory in the universe.” I can affirm that it is perhaps one of the hardest struggles in the christian life to learn and live this sentence: “Not unto us, not unto us, but unto your name be the glory.” In this passage from Hebrews we see that even in our denial, or blind ignorance, we are all guilty of being being glory thieves and are in need of forgiveness daily. So lets take a moment to examine ourselves:
You are a glory thief when……
You exhalt more in who you are, instead of the reason you are who you are.(verse 3)
In verse 3, we see that the builder of the house has more honor than the house itself. As children of God, we have been redeemed and changed from the inside out. A new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17) Most of us have come a long way from who we used to be, before we had an encounter with Jesus. There is nothing wrong in recognizing our growth, or the progress we’ve made. But if you find yourself talking more about how beautiful the house is, as opposed to ascribing glory to the builder of the house, then you are not recognizing Christ. “Look at me! Look how I’ve grown!” Sound familiar?You are actually robbing glory that belongs to the author and finisher of our faith, to the one who began a good work in you and will be faithful to finish that good work to His glory. (Philippians 1:6)
You fail to recognize the sovereignty of God in ALL things.(verse 4)
God created all things and sustains all things through his Son. (Hebrews 1:1-3) When scripture says he is the builder of all things, it means just that. ALL THINGS. Everything comes from the Father an nothing takes place that surprises God. His wisdom is infinite and operates outside of time and space. (Psalm 139:1-6) So next time you think that something is a matter of luck or coincidence, you are denying the builder of His glory for already knowing, allowing, and even causing that to happen.
You think God is there to serve you, instead of you being created to worship and serve him.(verse 5)
Even Moses, as great a man he was, as great as his faith was(which is a gift from God to begin with having nothing to do with Moses), though being greatly used by God, was still considered a servant in God’s house. Not above God. Not above his master.(Matthew 10:24) God didn’t owe him anything for his faithfulness, God was not indebted to Moses in any way. Nor is God indebted to us nor owe us anything. God forgive us for thinking and living like this. How foolish of me to assume God owes me something for having devotions on consecutive days, or because I lead a small group. God will not share his glory with anyone nor anything. His glory is his character and nature, which cannot be attributed to anyone else but himself.(Isaiah 48:11) Think about Moses. Still a servant. Now think about yourself for a moment. Humbling….right?
Your hope is in yourself rather than Jesus, as the guarantee of your salvation.(verse 6)
This title, “Christ”, is mentioned here for the first time in Hebrews as the Greek equivalent of “Messiah.” You are not your savior. You are not your Messiah. Your works, your faithfulness, your actions, your good deeds, are not your hope.(Galatians 3:3) Much more, your lack of faith, dry seasons in life where you’re not bearing much fruit, times of disobedience are not your condemnation either.(2 Timothy 2:13). If you are like me and tend to fall to both extremes, then Jesus is not your focus, your glory. You are. We are to hold fast instead to the confidence we have in our ONLY hope. That hope is Jesus Christ. He is perfect, his obedience is perfect. He did the one thing we could never do or become; be our savior. He is seated at the right hand of God because the work is finished. All glory is due to His name.
Don’t be a glory thief. Just give God glory. He deserves it more than you think.
Grace and Peace,