KEY SCRIPTURE: John 5:41 KJV” I receive not honour from men.”
The Lord declares a very important statement in our key scripture: He says He does not seek honour or praise from men. It takes one who truly knows God to make such statements.
Seeking the praise and honour of men drives people into all kinds of errors, vanities and foolish actions.
One of the very serious effects of seeking the honour of men is that, they do various things only to get men praising them. Anytime one acts to receive the praise of men he loses God’s rewards Because he’s received his rewards from the people who praised him.
Looking for men’s honour is the simplest means of short-circuiting God’s power. It is one of the reasons many ministers do not see the manifestation of the power of God in their lives. He is faced with someone, with a very serious health condition, and ask himself, how will this turn out after the condition refuses to change. Wouldn’t it be very humiliating before the congregation?
When a man begins to enjoy or seek the honour of men, he will easily compromise God’s place in his life. King Herod killed John the Baptist, because he chose to honour men than God. When he was torn between saving John’s life or pleasing Herodias daughter, he rather chose to please man and killed a man. Mark 6:26 KJV” And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for his oath’s sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.”
Now where does the exaggeration in preaching come from? All these proceed from the place of honouring men before God, or seeking men’s honour What drives certain pastors to get involved in evil rituals to enable them perform false miracles to attract multitudes? It emanates from that fame that men would offer him. In Jesus’ day, He spoke so much about the Pharisees who constantly regarded the praise and honour of men, to do all kinds of things that dishonoured the Lord.
What is the root cause of people seeking to honour men or seeking men’s praise rather than praising God? Such people do not truly know God, and so have lost any
sense of fear for God and His judgement for people who live in such ways. To come out of such lifestyle, take time to consider the reality of God, and how terrible it is to face His wrath. 2nd Corinthians 5:11 KJV” Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.”
God my father created me to bring Him honour with my life. I live to honour him alone. I do not seek men’s honour or my honour, but to bring God pleasure by honouring Him and Him alone.
THOUGHT: TO SEEK MAN’S HONOUR IS CLEAR FOOLISHNESS, FOR NO MAN WILL JUDGE OR REWARD YOU AT THE END OF THE DAY
Galatians 1:10 KJV” For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.”
1st Samuel 15:22 KJV” And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”