Because humans were made in the image of God (imago dei), they reflect their Creator with the same characteristics, four of which are the desires God has to give and to receive.

  • Glory
  • Honor
  • Power
  • Pleasure
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
— Revelation 4:11


Glory is the celebration of ones qualities, character, person, deeds. It is the centerpiece, the spotlight on whatever is good and weighty and valuable.

To seek to glorify God and to have ones glory found in God is right and good.

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
— Galatians 6:14

To seek to receive glory from man is to be prideful and to steal glory away from God.

Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
— Philippians 2:3


Honor is the rightful giving of due respect, title, position or adulation to one on whom glory rests. This respect recognizes human dignity in our neighbor as well as our own selves.

It is right to give honor to God, to those in authority and to those to whom is is due. This is humble and orderly to God.  It is also just to seek honor from God, who bestows it upon those who place themselves in a position of service to Christ.

10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

7 Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
— Romans 12:10 / 13:7

It is unrighteous to seek honor at the expense of our fellow man, to lower him so that we may rise, to sacrifice service for praise.

46 “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, 47 who devour widows’ houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”
— Luke 20:46-47


Power is authority, dominion, influence, right and strength.

It is just to ascribe all power to Christ. He alone has authority among men. All other power is derived from His. It is right also to desire dominion over ones own sin, the strength to overcome temptation and the rights of the oppressed.

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
— 2 Corinthians 10:4

It is unjust to seek power over others to oppress them or steal from them. It is sin to resist the authority of the Holy Spirit. It is pride to seek authority for ones own glory rather than for service.

But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court?
— James 2:6


Pleasure is the sincere enjoyment of the created world and of God.

It is honorable to seek enjoyment at the hand of God, in sexual relations as He has intended, in food and drink, in nature and in beauty.

You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
— Psalm 16:11

It is dishonorable to take pleasure in sin, in adultery and drunkeness and in the misfortunes of our neighbors as well as the sinfulness of others.

2 For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, 3 heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, 4 treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.
— 2 Timothy 3:2-5