Are we trying to steal God’s glory?

Thomas Watson

It reproves such as are so far from bringing glory to God, that they rob God of his glory. ‘Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me’ (Mal. 3:8). They rob God, who take the glory due to God to themselves. 1. If they have gotten an estate, they ascribe all to their own wit and industry, they set the crown upon their own head, not considering that, ‘Thou shalt remember the Lord thy God, for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth’ (Deut. 8:18). 2. If they do any duty of religion, they look to their own glory. ‘That they may be seen of men’ (Matt. 6:5); that they may be set upon a theatre for others to admire and canonize them. The oil of vainglory feeds their lamp. How many by the wind of popular breath have been blown to hell! Whom the devil cannot destroy by intemperance, he does by vainglory.

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