I do not receive glory from men; but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves. I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him. How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and you do not seek the glory that is from the one and only God? John 5: 41-44
Jesus does not receive glory from men. His glory is self-emanating. It springs from within Himself, and there is nothing that man can do to make him any more glorious than He is. The only thing that we can do is to recognize, in a very small way, the glory that is in Him, and then it will naturally reflect to others.
“You receive glory from one another.” That is, unfortunately, as true of us today as it was of the Jews in Jesus’ day. How often we praise one another for accomplishments or gifts that are completely of God. And worse, how often we desire the praise that belongs only to Him! Nothing can be accomplished without the enabling power of God coursing through us. These words cannot flow into my head and out through my fingertips without God giving them life. It is through Him and Him alone that the eyes receive the image of words on a page, the brain muses, the neurons fire, the muscles move, the fingers depress the keys. It is only by His grace and because of His glory.
The works of men of God are like a sunset. No one looks at a beautiful sunset through a window and marvels at the man who made the window to frame it so perfectly. We see only the sunset, and we know that nothing any man can do could possibly make it more beautiful. The window is of no consequence.
Jesus does not receive glory—Jesus IS glory.
He does not receive glory, but He receives us.
We need to receive, not glory, but Him.