From "The Lord my Portion" Sept.2"For they loved the glory that is of men more than the glory that is of God." (John 12.43.) Ever since man ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the glory of men has become a basic problem in the soul of man. Each one of us has his own throne, and this throne is built on the glory of men. Yet if we would desire to be faithful servants of the Lord, we must come down from our thrones. Otherwise, we will not be able to serve our Lord. Hebrews 12.2 tells us that our Lord Jesus endured the cross, despising shame. He willingly chose the cross. And the cross is not only death, it is also shame. If you have ever truly been broken by the cross, there will be for you a clear experience of having despised shame. May God be gracious to us in causing us to have a heart to please the Lord, that by His grace we may be faithful servants.