“What I am anxious to see in Christian believers is a beautiful paradox. I want to see in them the joy of finding God while at the same time they are blessedly pursuing Him. I want to see in them the great joy of having God yet always wanting Him.” A. W. Tozer

Sermon #33: Are You Seeking Glory for Yourself?



"I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and he is the judge." - John 8:50 (NIV)

Seeking glory for oneself. Seeking the praises of men. This is a pitfall that we need to avoid at all cost.

Jesus did not seek glory for Himself. He told His audience that there was One who sought the glory, One whose pleasure was to glorify Him. So Jesus operated in such a manner that the One, and not men, might glorify Him. O to be glorified of God!

If you want God to glorify (or praise) you, then you need to act in a way that seeks, exclusively,  to glorify Him. What this means, if all is in order, is that when people look at you, they should see the greatness, the beauty, the love and image of God; they should see God in you

But if they look at you and see only you, it could mean that you are the glory of yourself, not the glory of God.

Jesus told His audience that the One who seeks the glory is also the judge. He will know, in reality, even though it might appear otherwise, whether you are His glory or your own glory.

This calls for self-examination; serious, honest, no holds barred self-examination. I am convinced that's the way to go!

"If I glorify myself, my glory means nothing." - John 8:54 (NIV)

"When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me." - John 12:45 (NIV)

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