[今日經文 Today’s Reading: 約翰福音 John 12-13]
[希臘文] δόξα doxa (n) = 榮耀; glory
John records why those in authority believed in Jesus yet did not confess Him: they were afraid of losing their status in the synagogue. He points out that behind this is that “they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God.”
Today we are facing the same temptation. Particularly for those in authority, are we silent on certain issues because we “loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God”? Are we afraid to lose our “life”? But Jesus said “whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.” (John 12:25) It is long overdue for Christians, especially for those who are in authority, to “show their cards”, that is, to make it clear whose glory we love more, man’s or God’s. Not to “show our cards” is actually itself a “show”.
Today more than ever before do we need to hear the words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer:
Cheap grace is the deadly enemy of our Church. We are fighting today for costly grace. … It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life.
Prayer: Dear God, may You give each of us, and especially those in positions of authority, courage to love Your glory more than man’s glory. May we dare to confess Jesus as Lord in all the areas of our lives! In Jesus’ name, Amen!
[Greek] δόξα doxa (n) = glory