Is God egotistical?
This question sounds sacrilegious, doesn’t it?
Yet, I’ve heard some who don’t believe in God use that as an excuse for not believing. Who would worship an egotistical God who demands praise? Why would anyone worship such a God? They even quote Bible verses to prove this supposed flaw in His character (though I find it ironic that they quote the Bible to prove the unworthiness of a God who they say does not exist!). Still, consider verses such as:
- “You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 34:14 ESV).
- “I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other…” (Isaiah 42:8 ESV).
- “You shall worship no other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God…” (Exodus 34:14 ESV).
- “You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve” (Luke 4:8 ESV).
If it were you or me requiring the praise and worship of others, it would indeed be a self-centered and egotistical request.
So why isn’t it egotistical for God to expect our praise and worship?
The answer is found in one word. Worthy.
God is worthy of our worship and praise.
But that’s only the first half of the answer. The second half?
No one else is worthy.
No one else. No one. Only God. Because of who He is:
God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit.
The Creator of all that is seen and unseen.
Redeemer of what once was lost.
The One who keeps, encourages, and equips His people.
Not only is worshiping God reasonable, it is necessary.
We have been created to worship. If God is not the object of our worship, we’ll end up worshiping something or someone else. Because that’s what we do. We are drawn to worship. If not God, then athletes, musicians, actors. Even ourselves.
We must worship. And because He created us, God knows that for us to worship anything or anyone less other than God Himself will be our destruction.
So is God egotistical? Not in the least.
God is worthy – worthy of all worship and praise. He’s the only one who is.
Are you worshipping the only worthy One?