A Passion for His Glory
“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)
These words of Jesus summarize his indictment of the Jewish leaders. It’s a question, but it’s a rhetorical one. What he’s saying is this: “You can’t believe - you can’t have saving faith - if you seek man’s glory instead of God’s glory.” This isn’t some trivial, inconsequential matter; your eternal destiny hangs in the balance.
God takes his glory very seriously. Read Isaiah 48:9-11 and feel the weight of God’s words. Read Isaiah 43:6-7 and ponder the reason that you exist. Read Revelation 4:11 and join in the worship around God’s throne. Read Romans 1:23 and 3:23 and consider the root of all sin and sinfulness. Read 1 Corinthians 10:31 and 1 Peter 4:10-12 and think about the proper motivation behind all actions and exercising of gifts.
I could go on and on, but I think you get the point. God’s glory, which includes everything revealed about him - his name, his holiness, his mighty power, his saving love in Jesus Christ, his mercy, his grace, and his righteousness - is the center of his universe and should be the center of ours. The chief end of all human existence, according to the Westminster Shorter Catechism, is to bring glory to God and enjoy him forever. We live to praise, worship, magnify, and bring glory to God.
As you prepare your heart for this Sunday, ask God to reveal the desires and inclinations of your heart that are motivated by the desire for glory from others, and not from and to him. Then, ask him to display the glory of Christ in such a way that your heart is transformed and your whole being is filled with a passion for his glory.