How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!… For you have said in your heart: "I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God… I will be like the Most High." Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol… —Isaiah 14:12-15
All of us belong in one of two categories. You are either trying to be like God in order to bring glory to Him, or you are trying to be God in order to bring glory to yourself. Satan wanted worship and adoration— and his ambition brought him down. Any who seek to take God's glory will, like Satan, be humbled.
I have no desire to be God, but I do want to be like God.
I want my life to be a reflection of God. I long to be conformed into His image by His Spirit— not that I would receive glory for myself, but that as others see the love He manifests through me, they would glorify Him. My desire is to live the life Jesus described in Matthew 5: 16: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."
There is only one God. Worship belongs to Him alone. And only a foolish creature would seek to dethrone God or steal His glory. As for me, it is enough to love and serve the true and living God, the Creator of the heaven and the earth.
Father, we thank You that You have called us and chosen us.
As Your children, our desire is to be like You in our attitudes,
our responses, our actions, in our thoughts and deeds.
May Your Holy Spirit continue to mold us.
In Jesus' name, amen.