Day 251.
Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God. (John 12:42, 43 ESV)

Jesus did many miracles in view of the people, which John refers to as “signs.” These signs point to Jesus as the savior. The Pharisees and religious leaders saw Jesus doing things that did not line up with their own practices (such as healing people on the Sabbath, which they considered work), and so concluded that Jesus was a false teacher. When others saw the signs of Jesus they believed that he must be from God. Some of these, however, kept this belief secret because they did not want the leaders to throw them out of the synagogue. John explains that they loved the glory of man more than the glory that comes from God. Is this real belief?

Earlier in this chapter Jesus explains, “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me”. (John 12:25, 26 ESV) Jesus said this after teaching that he is going to die. In other words, a real belief in Jesus leads you to follow Jesus even if it means losing everything else! The missionary Jim Elliott, who died trying to reach the Aucan Indians of South America with the gospel, once said: “He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”

Do you love the glory of man (looking cool by your friends, which won’t matter in eternity) more than the glory that comes from God (not often cool, but lasts for eternity)? Ask God to help you love him more than anything.

McCheyne’s Bible Reading Plan: 2 Sa 2, 1 Co 13, Ez 11, Jn 12

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10 Responses to Your Greatest Love

  1. Eliana says:

    Sometimes I do bad things because I want people to like me. Sometimes I do good things. I want to love God more than anything.

  2. Mercer says:

    i know that sometimes i can be a little on the cool side, and try to impress my friends . this will help me to understand that its ok to impress your friends as long as you dont do it at the expense of others . Also if we do it for the glory of god

  3. Hobie says:

    Some times I like to look cooler than God wants me to and hold on to my I-touch to close to my heart.

  4. Hobie says:

    Some times I like to look cooler than God wants me to and hold on to my I-touch to close to my heart.

  5. Hayden says:

    I don’t like my friends more then I like God.But sometimes I be mean even tho God doesn’t like it.

  6. Amy says:

    This is a hard one. I like to think I love Jesus more but sometimes it is hard not to want people to look at you in a certain way. I know God deals with me a lot in this area and that gives me great assurance that his spirit is working on me. I want to love Jesus more too, Ellie.

  7. Amy says:

    This is a hard one. I like to think I love Jesus more but sometimes it is hard not to want people to look at you in a certain way. I know God deals with me a lot in this area and that gives me great assurance that his spirit is working on me. I want to love Jesus more too, Ellie.

  8. Hayden says:

    No, I love Jesus more than my friends and I want to know him and love him more. Sometimes I disobey to show off and it doesn’t glorify God.

  9. Fenton says:

    A lot of the time i look to mans glory but also a lot of the time i look at the glory of GOD.

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