John 8:50 “I am not seeking glory for Myself; but there is one who seeks it, and He is the judge.”
The Christian life is an opposite paradigm to the worldly life. As a Christian you seek glory for God; in the world you seek glory for yourself. Recognition, wealth, vocation, accomplishment, success, and relationships with the well-known are common benchmarks for measuring the worth of individuals. In John 5:41, Jesus redefines the world’s benchmarks when He said, "I do not accept praise from men.” John 6:15 takes this lifestyle further by showing how Jesus actually had to flee adulation: “Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make Him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by Himself.” Being a superstar as a Christian can be lonely!
Most Christians get this teaching, but do we really live it this way. Do we like the biggest, flashiest, well known church or a small church run by a solid, transformative minister? Are we willing to dress down in life in order to dress those with true needs? Are we willing to give up our free time to pour into Christians who are struggling? Are we willing to give a greater amount of time to the hard core down and out such as drug addicts, the disadvantaged, and handicapped – as well as the ugly, the smelly, and the crude? Most lean more easily to being around success, wanting to invest time in those things that benefit us directly, and associating with beautiful, popular, and successful people. At some point each Christian must decide for whom he or she lives. In John 12:42-43, Jesus probably thought He was making progress until verse 43: “Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in Him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.” Loving God more than self and the world is the dividing line between true faith and experiencing God in all joy and fullness. John 7:18 defines this truth: “He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the One who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.” Trying to live totally for God’s glory and also glory for yourself is a poor human attempt to game God and the world. If you want God’s full measure of life and joy, you must find glory and satisfaction only in Christ living in and through you.
John 8:54 “Jesus replied, ‘If I glorify Myself, My glory means nothing. My Father, whom you claim as your God, is the One who glorifies Me.’”
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