There are those who follow big famous football clubs, because they are just that. People who have no local affiliation or ties. They follow them just because they are, apparently, the best and look likely to remain so. To some degree, I can see the point in that. If you want to see the sport at its highest level then clearly they are the ones to watch. But does that miss the point of sport? The other side is that there are plenty who have become interested in some minority sports over the Olympics, just because Team GB was doing well in them, and it will have opened their eyes to possibilities.
But there is also the kind of glory hunting that is seeking the glory and the limelight all for ourselves, always looking for praise.
Jesus was wary of the praise of humans, he was more interested in doing what God thought was good and praiseworthy:
41 ‘I do not accept glory from human beings, 42 but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44 How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
45 ‘But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. 46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?’
What about us? Are we looking for accolades from those around us? Do we need constant pats on the back? Do we want to be told how good we are? Are we looking in the wrong places for praise? Or are we seeking only that we please God?
Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with praising one another for a good job well done – but that should not be our motive.
May the glory we hunt, be God’s and his alone