As I am reading through John Piper’s Advent thoughts “The Dawning of Indestructible Joy”, I am enjoying being challenged in my thinking during the Christmas season. From today’s reading this verse struck me in a new way.
How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
There is a lot of life spent in trying to obtain glory from our peers and the world. What a waste of time. I confess that working as a missionary, I enjoy the compliments I get from friends and strangers about my work in Peru. But even as I receive the praise, it feels weird. Do not get me wrong. I like it and it encourages me along the way. Missionaries need encouragement. But theirs is not the endorsement that really matters, and in my deepest parts I recognize it. The praise that will matter is when I stand before God and he say “well done, my good and faithful servant”. If I do what I am doing for man, it does not satisfy my desire to do meaningful work. If I do what I do for God, then my consolation and redemption is made complete.