A Different Kind of Glory

John 12:36-43

“Nevertheless many, even of the authorities, believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they did not confess it, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved human glory more than the glory that comes from God.”

The scriptures ask us to think about how we make decisions. What impacts how we spend our time and what we decide to commit our lives to? If we are honest with ourselves, we’d probably admit that we are drawn to things and ideas that bring ourselves honor, prestige, and positions of power. In other words, we live toward “human glory.” Jesus calls us to live toward a different standard that’s referred to here as “the glory that comes from God.”

Notice that it’s still called “glory,” only it’s glory of a different kind. It’s not about honor or privilege or power, but is instead about humbling ourselves. How could being humble lead to something called “glory?” Jesus’ message is that only when we humble ourselves, only when we live lives of giving and service can we truly experience love. And love is glorious. It’s about giving oneself to a healthy relationship that brings joy. Which values are we living toward? What kinds of glory are we seeking? The season of Lent calls us to seek divine glory through humility and service.