I do not receive glory from 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 5:41, 44 ESV
Imagine a wedding where the Best Man believed that the day was all about him. John the Baptist said of his witness to Jesus, ‘Therefore this joy of mine is now complete. He must increase, but I must decrease.’ This final brief post on the theme of glory also comes from John Stott…
John Stott wrote: “To love the glory of God more than the glory of men is also to seek approval from God rather than men. This too was the declared ambition of Jesus. ‘I do not receive glory of men,’ He said. Indeed, we know that He was despised and rejected by men (Isaiah 53:3) …yet God approved Him (Mark 1:11; 9:7; Romans 1:4; Philippians 2:9-11)…
“Very different was the ambition of the Pharisees. Their supreme concern was to stand high in the favour of men, rather than God, and this had an evil effect upon every aspect of their lives.
“ John writes that towards the end of His ministry ‘many even of the authorities believed in Him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.’ (John 12:42,43).
“They could not contemplate the ridicule and rejection which would follow an open commitment to Christ. They were hungry for popularity and praise. The same self-regarding anxiety to stand high in the opinion of others keeps many Christians dumb today when they should be vocal in testimony to their Lord….
“Our ministry will never be blessed by God until we can cry with honest defiance: ‘Am I now seeking the favour of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still pleasing men, I should not be a servant of Christ.’ (Galatians 1:10).
From John R W Stott in Christ the Controversialist.Plus