Is God Narcissistic?

Let’s face it; God has a big ego problem. Why do we always have to worship him?
Bill Maher

In my last post I talked about God’s heart for Himself.  I’ve had many conversations with people who feel the need to question God’s character if He really is ultimately “all about Himself.” 

Do you blame them? 

If you’re a human you’ve probably known a couple people over the years who are “all about themselves.”  You probably don’t like these people.  We call them “narcissistic,” aptly named because they are obsessed with themselves.

So, if God is ultimately concerned with glorifying Himself, does this mean that God is narcissistic?

Would you fault someone for thinking this way?

I would.  I would fault them unless they were God. 

Think about this:

If God really is God; infinite, eternal, sovereign, and glorious, then to be ultimately and finally concerned with glorifying anything but Himself would be idolatry, false, and unfitting with His character.  If He really is the IT of it all, the “Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end” (Rev. 22:13), then pointing everything in the universe toward the end for which it was created (to glorify Him) is ultimate truth, goodness, and love. 

Here’s what Charles Spurgeon said on this subject.  This quote really helped lend clarity to this issue for me.   

“God’s great design in all his works is the manifestation of his own glory. Any aim less
than this were unworthy of himself. He cannot act for the good of his creatures as an
ultimate aim, for that were for God to be impelled by a motive less great than his
own nature. Since there can be nothing greater than the infinite, and there can be
but one infinite—if the infinite God be moved by an infinite motive which is the only
one worthy of him, that motive must be found in his own glory.”  

When a person dies to the sinful propensity (Romans 1:21-23) to live, act, and think like they are God, worshipping a God who is God shouldn’t be an issue.  If you or I stand on equal footing with God then we have a right to question His motives.  If we don’t (and that’s not really an “if”), then being awakened to the fact that we were created to be about Him, not He about us, is a liberating reality.

About Pastor Andrew

Follower of Jesus, Husband to Carissa, Daddy to four daughters, Lead Pastor at LifePoint Church in Vancouver, WA.
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