The Glory Of Man

John 12:42-43

Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.

The glory of man, this is what we love.  We love the accolades, the compliments, and the admiration of others.  We love it so much that we are willing to literally stand naked in front of others just for the attention.  It feeds our vanity and it feeds our covetousness.  We covet the attention received by others and want it for ourselves.  We will deny ourselves and righteousness just to get our fifteen minutes of fame.

We sit on social media and post all the wondrous sayings and the really great things we think about and care about so others can know what a wonderful person we are.  We say, look at me, I seek the glory of man and will use the glory of God to get it.  How many shares, likes and views we receive has become much more important than the quiet personal righteousness that we should be seeking in our hearts.  The social media community is our synagogue and we want to be like the Pharisees.

We want the glory of man, because the glory of God does not increase our worldly things.  In fact, the glory of God decreases their value.  The true value of worldly things is nothing.

We advertise our spirituality as a means to receive worldly accolades.  We put on bumper stickers, post wonderful sayings, and comment on everyone else as we seek the glory of man.

The glory of man feeds our vanity, starves our soul, and gains nothing more than worthless worldly things.

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