Daniel 5.21 “but the God in whose hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not glorified.”
We must reject the thinking that giving glory to God is “just for Christians.” How dangerous it is for any human being to think this way. The passage above is referring to the king of Babylon, Belshazzar. He was obviously not a God-fearing man. He was a sensual polytheist who worshipped the gods of silver and stone. Out of total disregard for Jehovah, he holds a drinking party where he uses the sacred things that his father took out of the temple in Jerusalem. God wrote a message for Belshazzar on the wall. Oh, it definitely had a specific message for him regarding the fall of his kingdom. But that handwriting has a message for every human being. There are consequences when we refuse to live for the glory of God. Read the entire chapter and take a deep breath.
In the New Testament, there is an account of another pagan king by the name of Herod. We read, “And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.” Lightning strikes again! A man gifted by God but not giving him glory is eaten by worms. I think of all the End Zone celebrations, Grammy Awards, Nobel Peace Prize winners. The countless things that are done and boasted about every minute of every day that fail to give glory to God.
Dear family of God, to whom much is given, much is required. May God’s precious Spirit cause us to breath, eat, drink, speak and live for the glory of God, through Jesus Christ today.