It has been said that when God asks a question, He is not looking for information. Awhile back, God asked me a question while I was reading the Word in the Amplified version.
I read John 5:41, which says, "I receive not glory from men (I CRAVE NO HUMAN HONOR) I look for no mortal fame." Then I heard the question form in my mind. Why would the Son of God crave human honor?
Why, indeed? He is GOD. He is transcendent in all His ways. He created the world. He is SECURE. He seeks those who worship Him in spirit and in truth, but He does not feel diminished when worship does not come. Why would He? He is GOD!
Then, another question formed in my mind - a more thought-provoking question. Why would "a" son of God crave human honor? Why, why, why WOULD A SON OF GOD CRAVE HUMAN HONOR?
I don't think that I was struggling with a need for human honor, but the Lord wanted to curtail any issues in that direction in my life, so I began to mull that question around in my mind.
Even though every born-again believer is a son of God, why do so many of them crave human honor? Perhaps part of it is that they have developed a spirit of rejection. A spirit of rejection destroys. Rejection is like a smudged-up pair of glasses. No matter where you look, all you see are the smudges. When you allow a spirit of rejection to rule you, all you see is rejection, even when no one is rejecting you.
Then, the Lord spoke another word to me, and that word was "comparison." Comparison also destroys. It either causes feelings of superiority or feelings of inferiority, neither of which are life-giving.
How do you stop the comparison game? How do you escape feelings of rejection? How do you stop the incessant, driving force of seeking honor or attention from others?
1. Remember that you are a son of God! Your identity is not in your success or ministry. Your identity is in your relationship with Father God. You are an heir along with Jesus. Wow! You will rule and reign with Him for all eternity.
2. Remember that God sees. Why would we desire man's approval when we can have His? In John 8:50, Jesus said, "However, I am not in search of honor for Myself. I do not seek and am not aiming for My own glory. There is One who (looks after that; He seeks (My glory), and He is the judge."
Do you remember that there is coming a day in which GOD will reward you? I Corinthians 4:5 plainly says that each man will receive praise from God on that day. You do not need to seek your own glory. You have One who will look after that at the right time.
David was a great King because He did not push his way into the throne. He humbled himself, trusted God, and God exalted him. You can be sure that God is well able to place you where He wants you. He is a rewarder. As you humble yourself, He will do the job of exalting you.
AGAIN - Why seek glory from man when you can have it from GOD?
3. Remember that God made you with a specific purpose in mind. If you feel like you are different from others, GOOD! If you were not different, you would not be needed. You are unique ON PURPOSE.
I have characteristics about me that perfectly fit what God has called me to do. I don't like small talk. I am very serious about my relationship with God. I am constantly thinking and dreaming about the lost being saved, the sick being healed, and the church in revival. I am like that because of what I am called to do in this life.
Every now and then, a cliche is helpful, and now is one of those times. Stars don't compare themselves with other stars, they just SHINE!
Go out there and SHINE. Walk in the gifts that God has given you. WHY, WHY, WHY would a son of God crave human honor?