It could be the best of days or the worst of days, only you get to decide in which shoe you want to stand. If only God can judge us, why do we replay the negative whispers from people who question our choices? How highly do you hold their opinion? And IF it is true that only God can judge you, then when you walk into that courtroom, whose shoes would you be wearing?
I know we would all love to think that our own thoughts are original and not a derivative of some core idea we’ve heard throughout our years of living but we do know better than to think that. Right? Thoughts are like shoes, and some of us have many pairs. When we have thoughts of becoming or doing something and a friend, colleague, or expert tells you that you should do it different if at all, whose shoes do you decide to wear?
The Bible, in the gospel of John, treads over two terms that reveal an understanding that is thought provoking for this topic. The two terms are Glory & Honor. In John 5:44 Jesus says,
“How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?”
The term glory highlights two things: the things that a person does (action) and who that person is (character). So it speaks to the true nature of someone. Glory is the estimation of those two things. How well a person lives out their lives, work, relationships and how it is interpreted by others reveals their glory.
I like using sports to help with the understanding a bit. Let’s take a contemporary example – Michael Jordan & Lebron James. In their sport they have a body of work that they have done. We all have recognized, at least at their jobs, their glory – their true nature. Here is where the other term kicks in. Since we have noticed their glory, how would you rank them against each other. Where you place them is what honor is.
Honor is the evaluation and ranked placement of your glory. But enough with the sports thing. We know that if either one of those guys walks into a gym and says something about basketball we would all listen and try to mimic all that they do.
When it comes to life, who do you honor? Whose word when you hear it, directs your life and heart to mimic their thoughts? Whose glory do you respect so much that you’ve chosen to honor them in your life?
In today’s world, we tend to honor those with wealth…and would aim our hearts to mimic their every decree if it were told that we would be like them someday. Is it true that we glorify and honor the ability to make money more than the character of the person who makes it? Have we found that we give and accept glory for one another’s material accomplishments and get the feeling of honor from each other? Is it any wonder that if people whisper negative things about us we get anxious? Why? Because we have placed in the mouth of another person our own evaluation of ourselves. And we wear their praise or displeasure.
What about God? What does God esteem(glory in) highly?
Let me let God speak for himself. In Jeremiah 9:23-24 God proclaims,
“….Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, That I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight, says the LORD.”
Here’s what I’m not saying. I’m not saying that making money should not be a goal of living people…what I am saying is the estimation/honor of it probably should be tempered. But then again who am I to say that, Only God can judge…right?
For me, I already know which shoes I’ll be wearing in the courtroom…I’m wearing them right now – I got those red bottoms!!! Gotta step out here in the highest style bro! I’m seeking the glory that comes only from God.
ONLY GOD CAN JUDGE ME!