How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? John 5:44 (KJV)
Nothing hinders the faith of a man more than the need to be accepted by other men. It is impossible to be a servant of Christ and seek to please men. The Lord who made us knows this weakness and so had Paul warn us about this danger.
For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10 (KJV)
We are asked in today’s verse, “How can you believe . . . if you seek honor from other men?” To believe, pisteuo, is to commit to one’s trust (in this case committing ourselves into God’s trust). It is to have put our lives in trust with our Lord. We are persuaded and have absolute confidence in our God to lead us into our highest destiny according to His plan and purpose.
To “receive” honor from one another carries the force of the Greek word, lambano, which means to take with the hand or to claim for one’s self. It is not receiving honor earned from others because of an exemplary life of service so much as it is appropriating it for one’s self from others.
Our focus in this life should be to seek, zeteo, to fulfill the pleasure, plan and purpose of God.
Our desire should be to seek in order to find, to aim at and strive after the will of God.
There is an honor, doxa, a dignity, a glory that God gives to the faithful whose heart is toward Him. He clothes such a one with honor and a dignity by filling him with His own grace, splendor and excellence of spirit. This is a most glorious condition, a most exalted state that seats us with Christ at the right hand of the Father and ultimately draws us to that honored position for eternity in Christ.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:33 (KJV)
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