Shared Glory

John 5:44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? 

Glory: high renown or honor won by notable achievements.

This one verse is part of Jesus’s fairly long indictment of the brokenness of human nature.  As hard as it is to read, it’s also encouragement to respond.  From the moment of our birth we begin to understand “notable achievements” can make people respond positively to us.  Even a toddler can enchant us with their response to the right encouragement.  We clearly have a built-in nature that still recognizes “notable achievements” can result in glory for this life.

Jesus is determined to remind us it’s our remembrance of what glory is meant to be that is broken.  Our glory will not be complete until we “seek the glory that comes from the only God” who’s most “notable achievements” were to create mankind and this world so His glory might become part of our shared glory that would honor Him.  

How can you believe, when you receive “high renown or honor won by notable achievements” from one another and do not seek the “high renown or honor won by notable achievements” that comes from the only God?

One response to “Shared Glory

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    I have learned this is a concern, for we do give acclaim to those who do well, who work hard and the caution is that they begin to find their self-worth in achievement.

    We have to get it right in our own minds for ourselves that any good we do, anything we have or capabilities we have are ALL from Him. I think it is a good exercise for me to know that if I become proud of anything that he can take that away in a moment.

    However our achievements can become a launching pad to share Him. I.e. at the nursing home Monday someone was saying something about Jim being a veterinarian, which is something he cannot remember, and saying wasn’t that great. I said it really was amazing because we are such very ordinary people and we give all glory to God that Jim was able to do that. And that is the truth!! I pray many were listening to what I said and somehow get that…..that ALL good things come from God.

    Blessings on your day, my friend. How are you doing with grief? ❤️ Fran Sent from my iPad

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