Week beginning: 10th May, 2015
By Timothy Laurence | London
"Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him."John 7:18 (NIV)
Jesus tells it like it is - there is a strange relationship between trustworthiness and personal ambition. The more we promote ourselves, the less we are trusted. As lawyers our professional reputation stands on this fault-line. We build our own legal practice by establishing trust in the eyes of senior colleagues and clients. But it is only when we serve their interests, rather than our own reputation, that we really establish that trust.
Are we tempted to act independently today in order to advance our own name? Let's refrain from such selfish autonomy, and we will ultimately prosper all the more.
Jesus words' speak to a deeper level too, of course. If we seek first of all to honour Christ and apply his standards and share his name through our profession then we may fear the cost to our personal reputation. But ultimately such a truly Christian lawyer - like Daniel - is recognised for incorruptible integrity, and Christ will share his glory with us (Jn. 17:20-26).
For a spirit of integrity to honour the King of Kings first and foremost in all you do and serve him and others in truth.
For those who are establishing our next Government – that they will have wisdom as they do so and be led to uphold biblical values in the forthcoming term.