Today Jesus says the religious leaders were not accepting him because they didn’t have the love of God in their hearts. Their hearts were full of themselves, and they longed for the approval of humans. Today we see that it’s God’s opinion that matters…
41 “I do not accept glory from human beings, 42 but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44 How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
Jesus’ words sting because they apply to us as much as they did to the first century religious leaders. If someone comes in God’s name, we don’t accept them, yet if they come in their own name, we do accept them. We are distrusting of the divine and we have esteem for the world.
The proof is that we accept (and I would add pursue) glory from each other, yet we do not seek glory from God. Verse 44 is an indictment of each of us. The approval of humans towers above approval from God in our lives. It’s peer pressure. It’s keeping up with the Joneses (let alone the Kardashians). And to some degree we all fall victim to it.
Jesus’ desire for us is to stop seeking the approval and glory of man and to start seeking it from God, who made us and loved us and saved us.
Let me throw this on its side for a minute – this also works the other way. Even though we love the approval of humanity more than we seek it from God, we cannot stand the disapproval of humanity, and we should stop paying mind to it also. God’s love for us is not dependent on our actions. He loves us. Period.
And so when you are rejected by people in the world, look to God. He loves you. And try to stop caring about the opinions of others.
It’s God’s opinion that matters.