Today's devotion is based on John 5:44, “How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?”
This verse reminds me of the difference between the truth and glory that comes from God and the versions of those we can create to glorify ourselves. The author is steadfast in his hope in God not to seek approval or glory from other people. We all want to be accepted, loved and appreciated. Sometimes the truth gets lost along the way.
If we look for and find our identity in Christ, the worth that can come from others’ appreciation (or adulation) is seen for what it is – transient and flimsy. It will not bring us eternal life.
Please pray with me, Heavenly Father, may we always seek God’s truth, God’s glory, rather than our own. Please forgive us when we seek truth and glory somewhere or something else. For the sake of Jesus, bring us back to you. In Jesus’ name, blessed name, I pray. Amen