by Sal Huckel
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How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? (John 5:44)
This is a complicated passage. It is worth a slow study – to take in the words and meditate on them. We don’t always have that time, and, of course, there may be a stand-out verse for you to take into your day.
These two verses remind me of the difference between the truth and glory that comes from God and the versions of those we can create to glorify ourselves. The author is steadfast in his hope in God not to seek approval or glory from other people. We all want to be accepted, loved and appreciated. There is a sliding scale of how these desires can manifest in the treatment of others. Sometimes the truth gets lost along the way. We read clearly in this passage that this affects the ability to accept Christ and ‘seek first the kingdom’ (Matthew 6:33).
If we seek and find our identity in Christ, the worth that can come from others’ appreciation (or adulation) is seen for what it is – transient and flimsy. It will not bring us eternal life.
May we always seek truth, God’s glory, and be ready to testify to the truth in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Sal is married to Pastor Matthew Huckel, and they have six wonderful children – now an entire worship band as they serve together in ministry. Sal wears many other hats: she loves writing, speaking, and working as a wellness coach for Weight Watchers.