It should not surprise us that Jesus is very pointed about who receives glory. Religious leaders of His time were known to “love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues” (Matthew 23:6). The way Luke records this statement, Jesus begins by saying, “Woe to you Pharisees” (Luke 11:43). Has this problem changed?
There was another problem that results from receiving glory from other people. “How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?” (John 5:44). Self-importance, pride and wanting recognition is a major hindrance to faith. Self-centered attitudes seek glory from the wrong person, and this becomes an obstacle to having faith in God alone. Glory from others blind the eye of faith in God.
James confirms this truth and teaches that first “humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you” (4:10). Paul spoke of his ministry and those with him; “Nor did we seek glory from people, whether from you or from others, though we could have made demands as apostles of Christ” (1 Thessalonians 2:6).
How much more should we be careful that we “aim at the glory of God” and not our own from anyone except God!
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