BY DOROTHY BURTON
John 5: 41 & 44: 41 I do not receive glory from men; 44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God?
Political races are won or lost according to the number of votes received. Not just the number of votes, but the number of right votes. The 2016 presidential election proved that the most popular person, the one receiving the most popular votes doesn’t necessarily win. If every policy maker on a board, council or court sings your praises and approve of your job performance, yet the one with the power to fire you doesn’t, what good is their approval? While they may have power, they don’t have the power to keep you if the one with the power to keep you decides otherwise.
In Jesus’s day, the religious leaders were well-funded, influential and had the power to make or break leaders. Anybody who was anybody with aspirations of being somebody sought their favor and approval and everything they did was to please and praise them. Not Jesus. Their approval meant nothing to him. Why? Because he understood, and as Christ followers in the political realm we must understand that if through our words and actions, we forsake seeking the approval of the eternal God for the approval of temporary people, we may win the popular vote, but lose the one vote of the only One that matters – God. Only He can give us the victories we seek.
What the Electoral College is to the race for the presidency, God is to the race to our destiny and lasting success. Promotion comes from God. Victory comes from God. And the only way to receive the approval of God is to live and serve for the glory of God not for the glory of people and certainly not for their approval – no matter how powerful or influential those people happen to be. God is the one and only vote of approval you and I need. Once we understand this, nothing will be impossible for us. And no one, no matter how much money, influence or power they have will be able to hold us back, keep us down or defeat us. Jesus well understood this. That’s why the approval of the leaders of his day meant nothing to him. And over two thousand years later the name of Jesus is remembered, celebrated and praised all over the world. The names of those to whom others groveled have long been forgotten.
Prayer: Father, when I am tempted to seek the influence and sway of people without regard for you, help me remember that they too are mere human beings created by you, just like me. Everything they have is because you gave it to them. You have no respect of person and what you did for them, you can do for me if I but put my faith and confidence in you – and seek to bring you glory, the glory that belongs only to you. You alone hold the greatest power in your hands – the power of life and death. You have predetermined their date of death as you have mine. We all one day must stand before you. Let it not be said of me then or now that I sought their glory and approval and not yours. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
Published on Friday, March 17, 2017 @ 2:12 PM CDT