John 12:43 – For they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.
Some of us care what others think of us and some don’t; some of us say we don’t care what others think but deep down we still do. I think that most of the time it all comes down to just wanting to be accepted. We want to be able to dress how we want and shop where we like without being talked about. We want to be able to have our own thoughts and opinions without being judged for them. But then, sometimes, we just want to fit in and ‘different’ doesn’t always fit in.
The Jewish people had heard Jesus teach for three years now and had witnessed untold miracles and they were about to hear the voice of God. Jesus said, “For this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.” Surely, if you were unconvinced up until now, there would no longer be any doubt that Jesus was indeed the Son of God. But no, some dismissed it as thunder while others thought an angel had spoken to him.
Jesus urged them saying, “This voice has come for your sake… the light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you.” There were those who still continued to be stubborn in their unbelief – their eyes remained blind and their hearts remained hardened.
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.
If God takes second place in your life then he is not God of your life. The glory that comes from man is short lived and like everything else in this world, it eventually fades away. We can be lured by status and position but it means nothing to God. If you want to fit-in then make sure it’s in His kingdom and if your thoughts and opinions are based on His word then do not worry what others think. Everything we do and say should be for His glory and His alone.
So that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thess 1:12