The king of Sodom said to Abram, “Give me the people, and take the goods to yourself.”
Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have lifted up my hand to Yahweh, God Most High, possessor of heaven and earth, that I will not take a thread nor a sandal strap nor anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.’ I will accept nothing from you except that which the young men have eaten, and the portion of the men who went with me: Aner, Eshcol, and Mamre. Let them take their portion.”
Abram had just fought for the freedom of the king of Sodom and his people. It would actually make sense for Abram to get something in return for what he did, but he had already talked to God about it. He wanted God to get all of the glory for the riches in his life. He didn’t want the wicked king of Sodom to be able to say that he was the one who made Abram rich.
What Abram did here continues to reveal his heart for God and how a godly man thinks. Abram is an example of faith to us. We should follow his example and set up the situations in our lives so that God can clearly get all of the glory for what we have and do.
When we live our lives as Christians, if we are doing it right, God get’s all the credit for the results because He is the one living in us and making it possible. We shouldn’t let anyone else get the credit either. We need to allow God to be the one who gets all the credit for the things He does in our lives.
The Christian life isn’t a life of deal making. We aren’t trying to get the most for ourselves by taking advantage of our situations in life. Instead, God’s glory is to be the focus of every man. We should always be trying to bring as much glory to God as we can.